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Peace Doves


A spectacular art installation featuring 18,000 paper doves has been unveiled at Liverpool Cathedral.

Peace Doves is a mass participation art installation, created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker.

It features around 18,000 paper doves suspended on 15.5 miles of ribbon from the roof of the Cathedral, accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper.

It was originally scheduled to open last May but was postponed due to the pandemic. However, before lockdown, visitors to the cathedral, along with local school children and community groups were invited to write messages of peace, hope and love onto thousands of paper doves.

As well as Peace Doves, visitors to the cathedral can also view the return of the popular Angel Wings moving light projection, created by Luxmuralis.

Visitors can take photos and videos in front of the shoulder height, angel wings which pulsate and change colour to a curated soundtrack.

Another new, interactive art installation also going on display is Peace to Ourselves. Visitors will be asked to place a button inside the shape of a giant dove and take a moment to contemplate the past year and remember those who have lost their lives.

The installation officially opens on Friday May 21st and will also feature as part of Liverpool’s LightNight event that evening.

It will run until August 31st, 2021, with a series of special events, including talks, music, storytelling for children, yoga and the chance to dine under the doves.

There are also a series of Quiet Hours for those who might find crowds daunting, for example, someone who has an autism spectrum condition or sensory processing differences.

Due to COVID regulations, bookings must be made in advance to view the installation.

To book your slot for May visit: liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Further slots will be released later this month. Visit Liverpool Cathedral’s website for updates and a full listing of all the special events.


Event Date: Friday 21st May – Tuesday 31st August 2021

LOCATION: Liverpool Cathedral, St James’ Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ


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