A stunning sculpture celebrating the horse power behind Liverpool’s and England’s historic waterways is the latest to adorn The Liverpool Plinth since Thursday 15 July.

Liverpool based artist Faith Bebbington is the latest to have her work installed on The Liverpool Plinth, which is the North’s answer to London’s Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, celebrating and platforming sculptors working in the North of England. Standing on Liverpool Parish Church, the Liverpool Plinth is supported by Liverpool BID Company and dot-art and overlooks the city’s famous Pier Head and River Mersey and has hosted a new sculpture, each for 12 months, since 2018.

The winning 2021 sculpture, entitled Jimmy – named after a working horse the artist rode as a child – depicts a horse, once a common site along Liverpool’s waterways and canal sides. He overlooks the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at the Pier Head which opened to boats in April 2009 after a £22m extension which took the canal past the city’s historic waterfront.

Working horses would tow narrow boats along Britain’s canals, and from 1740 were one of the main forms of transportation for goods across the country. In Liverpool, they would help transport produce and goods arriving at the city’s docks and up the canal to Manchester and the North of England.

Jimmy has a coat made of recycled plastic milk bottles and with a steel, willow and wire inner framework. The sculpture is inspired by a previous commission by Faith Bebbington from the Canal and River Trust for Ellesmere Port National Waterways Museum.

The sculpture was selected after an open call to artists based in the North of England. It is the fourth sculpture to be installed on the Liverpool Plinth and will remain for 12 months.

Liverpool BID Company, in collaboration with Liverpool Parish Church and city gallery and art organisation, dot-art, give local artists a unique opportunity to have their work showcased on The Liverpool Plinth – an empty platform which overlooks Chapel Street and the waterfront at the side of Liverpool Parish Church, also known as St Nick’s. As well as the fantastic exposure and publicity given to the artist and their work, they will also receive a £1,000 prize!

The Liverpool Plinth, in the mould of Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, laid empty since the removal of Brian Burgess’s “Christ on a Donkey” several years ago.

First set up in 2018, each sculpture is chosen via an annual competition open to artists living or working in the north of England (North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber).

So far The Liverpool Plinth has hosted:

Dates    Winning Sculpture Artist
June 2018 –
June 2019
Gold Lamé Tony Heaton
June 2019 –
July 2020
Split Decision Sam Shendi
July 2020 –
July 2021
Tidal Shame Gail Dooley
July 2021 –
July 2022
Jimmy Faith Bebbington