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SEW takes a turn in Liverpool

20 November 2008

SEW Eurodrive, Normanton based drive specialist, has contributed to an art project that involved turning a section of a derelict building in Liverpool inside out. The drives were supplied for Turning the Place Over, an installation that celebrated the city’s achievement in becoming European Capital of Culture for 2008.

Turning the place over is an art installation in Liverpool city centre that literally turns part of a derelict building inside out
Turning the place over is an art installation in Liverpool city centre that literally turns part of a derelict building inside out

Envisaged and designed by British sculptor, Richard Wilson, the project began with an eight-metre ovoid cut from the façade of the city centre building. The section was made to oscillate in three dimensions, using a specially designed giant rotator. These devices are more usually found in shipping and nuclear industries.

The work was co-commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company and Liverpool Biennial, co-funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and The Northern Way and facilitated by Liverpool Vision.

Councillor Warren Bradley described the installation as a head-turner and praised Wilson as an ‘artist of high calibre’.

Lewis Biggs, director of Liverpool Biennial added: ‘It’s a dream come to true to be able to realise this fabulous artwork in Liverpool and in the most appropriate context imaginable. Turning the Place Over will be remembered as long as people’s jaws are capable of dropping.’


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