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Dock to unveil vibrant new sculpture

06th July, 2018

Towering almost ten metres high, Rondinone’s mountains series is inspired by naturally occurring hoodoos – spires or pyramids of rock – and the art of meditative rock balancing. Created from vertically stacked rocks – with each stone painted a different fluorescent colour – they’re often likened to ancient totems and heroic examples of land art.

Signalling a real coup for Liverpool’s contemporary arts scene, this will be Rondinone’s first public artwork in the UK. Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Mountain will be unveiled this autumn, and celebrates Liverpool’s significant role in the UK’s contemporary arts scene.

Creating the sense of an optical illusion, the works appear to defy gravity as they teeter, poised between the natural and the man made.

2018 is a significant year for the Liverpool’s creative scene, with the Dock sitting at the cultural crossroads of the city. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and the 30th anniversary of Tate Liverpool.

The Royal Albert Dock has been a centrepiece of the Liverpool 2018 programme, hosting events including the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, the finale of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and Tate Liverpool’s Egon Schiele exhibition.

‘As we count down towards Royal Albert Dock Liverpool’s 175th anniversary in 2021, exciting new things have been arriving through the Dock for over 172 years, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Biennial, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool City Council to bring this piece of public art to the Dock. Ugo Rondinone’s work is striking, it is certain to stimulate the debate about the part that public art plays in the cultural landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront. I am so delighted that the Dock is able to be the guardian of this work as we head toward a year of celebration in 2021.’

Sue Grindrod, Chief Executive Royal Albert Dock Liverpool 

Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. Image courtesy Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni © Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. Image courtesy Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni

Tate Liverpool’s 30th anniversary has seen a busy programme of exhibitions. Its Egon Schiele/ Francesca Woodman exhibition continues, while July sees the opening of the 10th edition of the Liverpool Biennial, Beautiful World, Where Are You? Op Art in Focus begins on July 21st, combining a dazzling display of work from artists including Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Jim Lambie.

Kasia Redzisz, senior curator at Tate Liverpool, says: ‘2018 marks 30 years since Tate Liverpool opened and we’re proud to say we’ve welcomed more that 18 million visitors over the last three decades. We play a critical role in the city by bringing outstanding international and British art high to the region and we’re delighted to be working together with Liverpool Biennial, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and the city to bring this important artist and his work to Liverpool.’

© Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. Image courtesy Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni
© Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, 2016. Image courtesy The Bass, Miami and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Zachary Balber