"Turning the Place Over" by Richard Wilson
The only major thing I had lined up for the day was a meeting with the music director of the Liverpool Cultural Council, and that wasn't until 1pm (Jesus, it took him a full hour to explain all the events they had for the year! And that's just the music related ones! I could just imagine what else they had in store for theatrical shows, exhibitions and whatnot). This gave me the entire morning to go around to show my mom around and photograph the city. I'd been here not a year ago, but there were also some areas I didn't get to see and I needed to re-shoot the place anyway for a couple of articles I promised the British Council (warning: shameless plug ahead -- Marie Claire, July 2008 and Travelife, July-August 2008). A friend at the BC mentioned a peculiar building in some obscure street. Its facade was supposedly rotating and I thought that was totally worth checking out! She gave me the address and I went out to look for it with my mom on my way to the city center.
Walker Art Gallery & the Liverpool Central Library
And there it was, right across the Moorefields station - the Yates's Wine Lodge
building, an otherwise nondescript glass and concrete structure with a huge part of its facade literally cut out and rotating, showing the bare interiors of the building. Amazing. This piece of public art was done by one Richard Wilson, who was commissioned by the Cultural Council to come up with something for the city during this year that she carried the title of the European Capital of Culture 2008
. After watching it make a full circle, we took off for the living museum that is Liverpool.
All along the way are gorgeously preserved and operational buildings that date back centuries. No wonder Liverpool won the EU's bid. It's really no surprise. We made it to the end of the road where the park behind St.
St. George's Hall
was, a neoclassical building constructed in the 1800s which today hosts some of Liverpool's most sophisticated events. It was also where Beatles fans gathered for a vigil upon the news of the death of two of Liverpools beloved sons, John Lennon and George Harrison. Fronting St. George's Hall is Lime Street where at the end proudly sits the World Museum
, the Walker Art Gallery
and the Liverpool Central Library
. Like the last time, I didn't have the time to explore any of these places from inside. Diagonally across from St. George's Hall is the Empire Theatre
where the Beatles played their first major gig.
I think we veered toward the left from here, but we ended up in the shopping district where Clayton Square
There were other pieces of public art, and I finally got to see a Superlambbanana
- a sculpture created to warn against the dangers of genetically modified food. This lamb meets banana sculpture has since become Liverpool's most popular icon. My mom and I carried on walking and asked for directions along the way. I wanted to get to Chinatown to see the Imperial Arch
, the largest in the world outside China that stands 15 meters in height. Again, we had no time to walk through it to sample some Chinese-Liverpudlian dimsum so we continued towards Hope Street
where the Liverpool
and Metropolitan Cathedrals
were. In between these two monumental premises are the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
(co-founded by Paul McCartney
), the Philharmonic Hall
- home of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Dining Rooms
The Dining Room building is so much more elaborate and whose most notable feature is its men's room
- the only mens room in the whole of the UK that's listed. I wanted to have a peek and take a quick picture of it, but there were all these men lined up to use it. Dang.
We finished making my rounds in time for my meeting and headed to the hotel, where I left my mom to her own devices and picked up Helen. The meeting only lasted an hour, after which H and I split up this time and I met up with my mom again for a snack at one of the restaurants at Albert Dock.
We regrouped with H back at the hotel and caught the train back to London
Liverpool Hotels & Accommodations review
Thistle Atlantic Hotel
This place is swankier than the Ibis Hotel I stayed at the last time. And from the looks of it, it's obviously more expensive too, though I couldn't … read entire review