Liverpool’s latest permanent artwork installation, Liverpool Mountain was unveiled at its new home Mermaid Courtyard, located at the Royal Albert Dock.
The 10-metre colourful mountain sculpture brought to the city by Ugo Rondinone, is the first major installation from the artist in the UK. Liverpool Mountain is a part of Ugo’s “Mountain Series” which has attracted millions of visitors to Las Vegas and Miami.
Marking the 10th anniversary of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, the artwork is part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, which also coincides with the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and the 30th anniversary of Tate Liverpool.
The sculpture has the same iconic design to the technicolour towers created in both Vegas and Miami, and celebrates Liverpool City Region’s commitment to supporting bold, contemporary art and its status as a world-renowned cultural destination.
The Swiss artist’s is also known for his famous works such as Human Nature, a group of monumental stone figures in Rockefeller Center, New York and Moonrise, a series of mask sculptures which have been exhibited in galleries and public spaces around the world.
Ugo Rondinone said: “It is an exciting moment, I am very very happy, and I hope that the people of Liverpool will be as happy as me.
“The Albert Dock is amazing, I am very proud to be a part of it. Here at Albert Dock the colour scheme goes from brown to grey so the coloured mountains stand out and it creates a landmark… it will guide them to the Tate Liverpool”
Lighting up a previous under-used space on the World Heritage site, the rainbow coloured mountain has well and truly brought confidence and creativity to the city.