This Brightly-Coloured Home Has Popped Up In Liverpool As Part Of An Art Installation Series

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


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As part of Culture Liverpool’s ‘Very Public Art’ project, Liverpool ONE has unveiled a bright and eye-catching art installation produced by a local artist. The ‘Holiday Home’, located on Custom House Place outside John Lewis, is one of eight installations and activations in the Very Public Art series which aim to showcase local communities and their creativity.

The unveiling comes as visitors once again begin exploring the city and provides exciting new visual additions which are both free and outdoors. The ‘Holiday Home’ is a vibrant and artistic take on domestic architecture and line drawings by Richard Woods, an artist from Chester.

The installation features bold block colours and thick black outlines, creating a unique and cartoon-like appearance. Made of birch plywood and timber, the art stands at four metres tall, weighing in at 1,300kg.

Donna Howitt, Place Strategy Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “It’s a great honour to host such incredible art for such a meaningful project, especially following the return to a new normal. This is the perfect opportunity for people to get out and enjoy local talent in a safe environment. The Holiday Home makes a great addition to the estate.”

Following the increase of staycations this year, Liverpool ONE is encouraging visitors to take inspiration from its ‘Holiday Home’ by sharing an image with the installation alongside why being at home in the UK this summer makes you happy.

‘Holiday Home’ was first created as an installation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Identical in size and design, ‘Holiday Home’ comprised six bungalows, set down in Folkestone where you may not have expected to find a house – in the harbour, on a roundabout, sinking into the pebbles on the beach.

Other pieces of artwork as part of the Very Public Art campaign can be seen at St Nicholas’ Church, William Brown Street, Hope Street, Chinatown, and on statues around the city. The most recent installations in the city include magical birdhouses and statues of The Beatles, Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli and Captain Cook being redressed.

Richard Wood’s other recent projects include installations at Frieze London, Wander Art in London, a major architectural commission for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and the interior of the Comme des Garçons flagship store in Osaka. Since 2017, Holiday Homes have appeared in locations in the UK (Regents Park, London, 2018 and Hoxton Square, London 2019) and US (Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2019), and now in Liverpool ONE.

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