Commissioned by the Liverpool Bienniel, this art installation was created by Richard Wilson, and is called Turning the Place Over.
Turning the Place Over consists of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a building in Liverpool city centre and made to oscillate in three dimensions. The revolving façade rests on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, and acts as a huge opening and closing ‘window’, offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours.
The construction programme started in February 2007 and involved the careful deconstruction of the façade across three floors of the building, which was then reconstructed and fixed to the enormous pivot installed at the heart of the building. This astonishing feat of engineering is stunning audiences on many levels. Disturbing and disorientating from a distance, from close-up passers-by have a thrilling experience as the building rotates above them.
I can imagine this would be a pretty incredible sight to see in person. I was sitting here in awe just watching it on my computer.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about conceptual art pieces like this (or much about art in general), so I don’t really understand the why’s of making something like this, but it sure looks cool.
(via Today and Tomorrow)