Turning The Place Over



The Yates’s Wine Lodge building in Liverpool which had one foot in the grave got a new lease of life. Sculptor Richard Wilson (1953) has cut out an oval segment of the derelict building’s front and fixed it to a giant pivot. The façade will rotate like a huge opening and closing window, giving passers-by a glimpse of the interior. The artwork, called Turning The Place Over, was launched on June 20 and will run until the end of 2008. With thousands of city center workers using Moorfields station every day, it is likely to be one of the best-viewed Capital of Culture installations. Described as the most daring piece of public art ever commissioned in the UK, it is seen as the jewel in the crown of the 2008 public art programme.

Mr Wilson, one of Britain’s best-known sculptors, is renowned for drawing inspiration from the worlds of construction and engineering, and Turning The Place Over is no exception. The cut-out, which measures eight meters across, rests on a rotator usually found in the shipping or nuclear industries. The Culture Company believes: “this astonishing feat of engineering will stun audiences. Passers-by will have a thrilling experience as the building rotates above them. Lewis Biggs, director of Liverpool Biennial, said: ‘It is a dream come true to be able to realize this fabulous artwork in Liverpool. Turning The Place Over will be remembered and celebrated for as long as people’s jaws are capable of dropping.’

The artist has exhibited his work all over the world for the past 20 years. He represented Britain at Biennial festivals in Sydney, Sao Paulo and Venice, and has twice been nominated for the Turner Prize. His most critically-acclaimed work was 20:50 – a sea of reflective sump oil permanently installed in the Saatchi Collection.

Richard Wilson (1953)

Turning The Place Over (2007)

Superused: building façade segment

Liverpool, England

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Other work of Richard Wilson: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/turnerprize/history/wilsonr.htm

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