As part of the Eurovision celebrations an art installation, Floating Earth by Luke Jerram, has appeared at the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool. Tony McDonough reports
Royal Albert Dock has unveiled its latest contribution to the Eurovision celebrations with the in the shape of the Floating Earth art installation.
Floating Earth has been created by artist Luke Jerram. It will be visible in the water at the Royal Albert Dock until May 18. It is expected to wow some of the 100,000 visitors expected to come to Liverpool for Eurovision which takes place on May 13.
The 10-metre work focuses on bringing people together, a nod to this year’s Eurovision theme – United by Music.
At the launch event, musical performances by local members of Rock Choir provided a soundtrack to the evening, with songs including Make Your Own Kind Of Music by Paloma Faith.
Floating Earth is set against the dock’s historic colonnades, creating magical moments at sunrise and sunset. The piece was also accompanied with a soundscape by BAFTA-winning composer, Dan Jones that further enhances the experience.
It can be viewed from Royal Albert Dock’s inner quay, where visitors can view the installation daily with the soundscape from 12pm-10.30pm for free. The piece will be illuminated 24 hours a day.
Sean Morrison, estate manager for Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Floating Earth as part of Royal Albert Dock’s celebrations for the Eurovision Song Contest.
“It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable highlight, dazzling local and international visitors, and we feel honoured to help share the experience with all those joining us on the waterfront.”