Technicolour mountain comes to Liverpool

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Liverpool Mountain sculpture © JMU Journalism

A new sculpture by world-renowned artist, Ugo Rondinone, has been unveiled on Liverpool’s historic waterfront.

The 10 metre-high multi-coloured artwork, called Liverpool Mountain, is said to be the first of its kind in the UK.

The unforgettable piece marks a decade since Liverpool received the European Capital of Culture award, plus the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and the 30th year since Tate Liverpool opened its doors.

Swiss artist, Rondinone, who is known for creating large public sculptures, has introduced his work to Liverpool as part of the mountain series, with similar outdoor works in Miami and Las Vegas using only natural materials.

The colourful piece, which seems to defy gravity, is inspired by naturally occurring pyramids of rocks, and is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool.

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David Roscoe, chairman of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, said: “Ugo Rondinone’s striking and inspiring work is an exciting new landmark for Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, playing a key role in our plans for the dock’s future as we build up to the 175th anniversary in 2021.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool to bring this Liverpool 2018 project to the dock, and to be its guardian long after the big reveal as its legacy lives on.”

Ben Jones, 28, said after taking his first look: “I love the size of the statue; it can be seen from every angle. It will bring a lot more visitors to the docks and put Liverpool on the map.”

Jodie Shepherd, 38, was another admirer of the statue, saying: “It’s bright, colourful and unusual. I saw it on the news and came especially to see it.”

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