This Stunning Peace Doves Art Installation Has Arrived At Liverpool Cathedral

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

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The event was postponed last year due to the pandemic.

As further restrictions have finally eased, this means we can finally get our dose of long-awaited art and culture. One major art project coming to the city this May is Peace Doves, a mass participation art installation, created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker.

The art installation features over 15,000 paper doves suspended from the ceiling of Liverpool Cathedral and will run for over three months. Peace Doves, which is accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper, was originally scheduled to open last May but was postponed due to the pandemic. However, before lockdown, visitors to the cathedral, along with local school children and community groups were invited to write messages of peace, hope and love onto thousands of paper doves.

The Dean of Liverpool, The Very Revd Dr Sue Jones, said: “Prior to the pandemic, we saw a record 800,000 people visit us in 2019. This artwork builds on previous installations and enables us to continue our mission to be a place of Encounter. We look forward to welcoming people to the Cathedral and we hope that you will encounter peace and the space to reflect on the past year. We feel enormously grateful to be able to host this amazing installation at Liverpool Cathedral.”

Artist Peter Walker, added: “What I’ve always found when I’ve been into Liverpool and been up to the Cathedral is, it really is a community place. I think having a work where the community has written on these doves and thousands of children have participated in this project is a really important thing to be doing at this time.”

As well as Peace Doves, visitors to the cathedral will also be able to view the return of the popular Angel Wings moving light projection, created by Luxmuralis. Visitors can take photos and videos in front of the shoulder height, angel wings which pulsate and change colour to a curated soundtrack.

Another new, interactive art installation also on display is Peace to Ourselves. Visitors will be asked to place a button inside the shape of a giant dove and take a moment to contemplate the past year and remember those who have lost their lives.

The installations officially opened on May 21 and will run until August 31, plus it also featured as part of Liverpool’s LightNight event. Both the Peace Doves and Peace to Ourselves installations are free to view but due to Covid-19 regulations, bookings must be made in advance. You can book your slot here.

[Feature Image: Peter Walker]

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