Sculptor and artist, Peter Walker has already wowed visitors to Liverpool Cathedral with his previous works and now he is back with a new exhibition. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool Cathedral is to stage another exhibition by acclaimed artist Peter Walker featuring a “contemporary twist on the Renaissance masterpiece”.
Being Human is free to attend and runs from July 27 to August 30. It is part of a two-year programme of events, exhibitions and artworks. They will lead up to the cathedral’s 100th anniversary in 2024.
Peter Walker’s previous works at Liverpool Cathedral include Peace Doves. This was a mass participation art installation featuring around 18,000 paper doves suspended from the roof of the building.
Earlier this year, working as one half of the artistic duo, Luxmuralis, he amazed visitors by flooding Liverpool Cathedral with the wonders of the universe. Space, The Universe and Everything offered a dazzling display of projections, lights and sounds.
At the heart of the new exhibition will be a sculpture entitled Connection, inspired by Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. This was a Renaissance masterpiece which depicts God’s hand reaching out to meet Adam’s finger.
Peter’s striking installation features two giant hands, each standing at two metres tall and equivalent in height to the size of an average front door. Being Human aims to encourage visitors to reflect on who they are as individuals.
“It’s a huge honour to be working with the team at Liverpool Cathedral once again,” said Peter. “As the largest cathedral in the UK and one of the biggest in the world, the vast space within the iconic building provides the perfect setting for an exhibition that explores what it means to be human.
“Bringing together sculpture, created using traditional techniques, with interactive art installations, Being Human will fascinate visitors of all ages across many different levels and I can’t wait to unveil the exhibition later this month.”
Liverpool Cathedral is open to visitors from 10am to 6pm daily with the exception of July 27. This is when the Being Human exhibition launches to the public at 11am.
The Dean of Liverpool, The Very Revd Dr Sue Jones, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Peter back to Liverpool Cathedral. Being Human looks set to be one of his most thought-provoking pieces yet.”
For more information about ‘Being Human’ and the events programme at Liverpool Cathedral, visit liverpoolcathedral.org.uk