The Liverpool Plinth
A striking sculpture that challenges the perceptions of disability in society has been unveiled at Liverpool Parish Church, also known as St Nick’s. The installation, Gold Lamé, is by disabled sculptor and artist Tony Heaton and will occupy The Liverpool Plinth, an empty platform overlooking Chapel Street and the waterfront, for the next 12 months.
Gold Lamé is based on the famous Invacar – a small, blue, one-seater vehicle given to disabled people during the 1960s and 1970s. Sprayed gold and suspended vertically above the plinth, the sculpture reclaims the word lame and confronts negative stereotyping of disabled people the vehicle represented.
The project is the result of a collaboration between Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool Parish Church who commissioned city gallery and art organisation, dot-art, to showcase sculptors in the north.
The changing of objects and their meaning occurs often in Tony’s work. With Gold Lamé he transforms an object that previously marked out disabled people as ‘other’ into something more inspirational. “A golden invalid carriage landing from the heavens”, states Tony.
An accomplished artist, Tony has exhibited work extensively in the UK, including Tate Modern, the London Paralympic opening ceremony and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Gold Lamé was originally commissioned as part of Art of the Lived Experiment for DaDaFest 2014 at the Bluecoat.
Event Date: Tuesday 12th June – Wednesday 12th June 2019
Location: Liverpool Parish Church, 5 Old Church Yard, Liverpool L2 8GW
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