From musicians and movie stars to artists and athletes, Liverpool is the hometown of some pretty famous faces, plus it has been the location for many films and television programmes so you could say it’s a mini Hollywood in some ways. It might be missing the Californian sunshine but Liverpool is joining the L.A neighbourhood by having its very own giant Liverpool sign, which has been unveiled today (January 26).
The major piece of artwork, which is 14.5 metres in length, aims to symbolise Liverpool’s growing popularity as a must-see city and has been commissioned by Liverpool ONE and Culture Liverpool to mark a predicted increase in tourism as we move out of restrictions. Located on Thomas Steers Way near to the Hilton Hotel, the installation is visible from The Strand as both local and international visitors head into the city centre, acting as a gateway to enjoy everything that Liverpool has to offer.
The creation follows an uplift in the number of visitors to Liverpool, with the city becoming one of the country’s most visited places in the UK by domestic tourists, thanks to a mixture of music, culture, architecture and football. In 2021, Liverpool out-performed many of the UK’s cities, with visitor numbers to the city centre an impressive 20% higher than the national average.
Now, it is hoped the new addition to the city will represent the increased confidence in its post-pandemic growth, as well as serving as a welcome to visitors and offering the perfect photo opportunity for both locals and tourists alike. Currently white in colour with its font designed by Liverpool-based Liz Harry, the sign is set to be transformed with various designs from local artists throughout the year.
Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool, said: “Liverpool is a place that is held in deep affection across the globe for its arts, music and culture and, of course, our warm welcome. We’re extremely proud that, despite the challenges of the pandemic, the city as a whole has surpassed national average visitor numbers, which is a real testament to hospitality and leisure businesses right across the city region.
“What we have now is a strong – and growing – domestic audience, with visitors staying for longer and seeing it increasingly as a holiday destination. We’re now looking forward and excited to see further growth in domestic tourism and welcoming back international visitors to our fantastic city.”
Donna Howitt, Place Strategy Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “During the pandemic, many of us rediscovered what’s on our doorstep, whether that is a local beauty spot, a hidden gem restaurant or simply the chance to be a ‘tourist’ in our own city. This new piece of artwork is a chance to mark how local people have supported the city, as well as a chance to celebrate how we are growing in popularity as a must-see UK destination. And, of course, it gives us another spot to grab the perfect selfie in the city centre!”