As part of living in such a vibrant and trendy place 🙂 we get trendy magazines pushed through our letter box on a regular basis, the main once being space, which helps keep the great trendy unwashed up to date with all the goings on in super trendy land, such as the radisson hotel birthday bash, and those lovely penthouse developments that everybody in the dingle is queuing up to move into.
Anyway this month we were all reliably informed of the hip 100, which apparently isn’t the top 100 hip replacements in Liverpool, but is infact a list of ‘Liverpool’s coolest’, you may be shocked to learn as was I that I’m not on the list, but then again ‘hip’ is such an untrendy term, I consider myself to be ‘too legit to quit’.
someone who was on the list however is Stephen Broadbent, now we know Steve, and before I cast any doubts on his trendiness, it should be pointed out that he now lives in Cheshire: anyway, this is his write-up
17. Stephen Broadbent
Art and Soul of the Beetham project…
Head Honcho, naturally, of urban artists Broadbent, whose interpretative, geometric sculpture at Beetham Tower was a joint initiative wit BCA landscape and Smiling Wolf. As well as the celebrated faces of Liverpool, he helped to create the site’s Threshold to the Earth Scheme, celebrating the area’s history and context. e.g. The curved wall with the Morse code inscription ‘permission to come along side’.
All very nice, but this does show this magazines base. The reality is quite a lot of people won’t have seen Steve’s sculpture at the end of the tower, unless you own a car, and come into town that way.
People are much more likely to have seen reconciliation on bold street, which was part of a project to help bring the catholic and protestant areas of Ireland together, and if you approach Liverpool via the M62 (then you won’t get the magazine) you could see, encounter at birchwood, which at the time it was unveiled was the tallest outdoor sculpture in the country, and then if you’re around speak boulevard, you would see coming together which criminally the bank of Scotland (who now own the site it was built on) don’t light up at night.
incase you are wondering the image at the top of this page, is the curved wall with the Morse code on it.