Launching this September, the Pullman Art Run will kick off the celebration of art with an immersive out-door art trail inviting runners and guests to explore two of the UK’s most exciting and culturally rich cities, London and Liverpool, through the lens of art discovery.
Pullman Liverpool is thrilled to welcome, Director and Curator of the Liverpool Biennial, Fatoş Üstek as the expert host of its Pullman Art Run, who offers unrivalled thinking on works including Everybody Razzle Dazzle by Sir Peter Blake and Liverpool Mountain by Ugo Rondinone.
Pullman Liverpool art run will offer an invigorating 5km run route, carefully designed to reveal a captivating selection of the neighbourhood’s finest works, from street-art and iconic statues to augmented reality and bright and beautiful contemporary sculpture. Complimenting this, guests will enjoy a bespoke music playlist and informative audio podcast recording from two influential
figures from the art world. These tracks will provide absorbing context to these extraordinary pieces of art.
WORKS INCLUDED IN THE PULLMAN LIVERPOOL ART RUN:
The Hummingbird Clock by Lawrence Abu Hamdan at Derby Square
Abu Hamdan’s Hummingbird Clock is a new kind of public timepiece commissioned by Liverpool Biennial in 2016, and is located both online and physically, outside the law courts in Liverpool. It is designed as a tool for investigations into civil and human rights violations and state corruption. Hummingbird Clock records the continual buzz of the electrical grid, making this data available to anyone who might need it.
Tidal Shame by Gail Dooley on the Liverpool Plinth
The artwork depicts a ceramic gannet, a seabird common in Liverpool, entangled by authentic sea plastic and detritus collected on beach shores across the UK and Merseyside. This piece was commissioned by Liverpool BID company in collaboration with multiple partners. The sculpture stands on The Liverpool Plinth, looking out to the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront, reminding viewers of the impact of waste on wildlife, especially sea birds.
Everybody Razzle Dazzle by Sir Peter Blake can be seen on the water
Sir Peter’s design covers the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop with a distinctive pattern in monochrome and colour, transforming the vessel into a moving artwork as it continues its service. This is the third in the series and was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial (2015), 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool.
Liverpool Fountain by Betty Woodman found next to George’s Dock Ventilation Tower
Woodman’s commission for Liverpool Biennial 2016 is a large-scale public artwork, a bronze fountain, which refers to classical imagery and architectural decoration. Sources of inspiration for the piece include Greek and Etruscan sculpture, Minoan and Egyptian art, Italian Baroque architecture and the paintings of Bonnard, Picasso and Matisse.
Liverpool Mountain by Ugo Rondinone situated on Liverpool’s historic waterfront
Liverpool Mountain by internationally renowned artist Ugo Rondinone is a major new public artwork for the city region, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool. The 10-metre high sculpture consists of vertically stacked rocks painted in bright fluorescent colours. Reminiscent both of ancient totems and of land art, Liverpool Mountain is inspired by naturally occurring hoodoos. The sculpture appears to defy gravity in its teetering formation, poised between the natural and the manmade.
Participating guests will also receive a limited edition art map of the running route depicting the locations of each work and a special art print of Betty Woodman in Liverpool.