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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, April 18, 2008
    Turning The Place Over

    Disappointed with myself that I forgot to encourage my Wokingham friends (exiled Scousers) to take a look at Richard Wilson's brilliant Turning the Place Over on their visit this week. They'll have to come again before the end of the year. Liverpool Biennial described it as 'The most daring piece of public art ever commissioned in the UK' - well, they would, wouldn't they - but in this case they could be right.

    Wilson has sliced a circle from the side of the old Yates Wine Lodge building (Cross Keys House, on Moorfields) and attached it to a pretty impressive piece of mechanics which rotates the massive glass/metal/concrete disc through 360 degrees (on various planes) in cycles of just over two minutes. There are few passers-by here, because folks can't fail to stop to wonder at this creation. It is a unique and awe-inspiring piece of public art. Click here to watch Turning The Place Over on YouTube, and here to see an equally engrossing film of people's First Impressions of the thing.