Today, when we see a piece of metalwork or a sculpture, we often take for granted how important the welding industry is. It contributes massively to our economy and creates thousands of jobs but often goes unnoticed. The welding industry provides us with high rise buildings, giant metal structures like the Eiffel Tower, airplanes, ships and pipelines all over the world. But we can also experience the importance of the craft right here in Liverpool. Here are just some of the most influential metalwork creations that wouldn’t have happened without welding.
- Antony Gormley’s “Another Place”
Another Place is a piece of art created by Sir Anthony Gormley in 2005. 100 cast-iron figures, modelled from his own naked body, are spread out across two miles of Crosby beach. The figures themselves weigh 650 kilos each and are all facing out towards the sea. As the tides come in and out, different figures become more or less visible. This, according to Antony himself, is a representation of man’s relationship with nature and how human life is tested against planetary time.
The iron men were set to be transferred to New York after their time in Crosby, but thankfully, they’re here to stay. So you can go and see the spectacle for yourself all year round, completely free of charge.
- “Captain Kronos” at The Kazimier
When we said goodbye to The Kazimier on new year’s eve 2015, basically the whole of Liverpool wiped away their tears and were blown away by the magnificent metal structure that came before them in Wolstenholme Square as midnight struck.
- Jorge Pardo’s “Penelope”
Although the Kazimier may have left Wolstenholme Square, Jorge Pardo’s metal sculpture, named after his daughter Penelope, lives on and is set to be renovated to match the redevelopments currently underway. Jorge has said himself the renovation of Penelope will add some additional creativity to the setting, but that we’ll have to wait and see to find out exactly what he’s been planning.
- Richard Wilson’s “Turning the Place Over”
The sadly temporary work of Richard Wilson was one of the more astonishing metal works we’ve seen in Liverpool; leaving passengers of Moorfields Station shocked over the three years it was in rotation.
Created for Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture in 2008, the installation saw an 8 metre hole cut into the side of a former Yate’s Wine Lodge, capable of spinning 360 degrees over anyone daring enough to pass beneath it.
- Jaguar Land Rover Halewood plant
Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant is one of the biggest in the country. A vehicle leaves the production line here every 82 seconds thanks to its state of the art automation and the 6,000–strong workforce here in Liverpool.
Whilst contributing massively to the local economy, the Halewood plant is about to undergo an extension with the hopes to further increase its already phenomenal output.
- Boaty McBoatface
Boaty McBoatface is the appropriately named, unmanned sub, carried by RRS Sir David Attenborough to carry out research deep in the polar waters. Both the ship and the sub were created in Cammell Laird construction hangar in Birkenhead.
Since its first mission, Boaty McBoatface has returned with unprecedented data and is set to collect much more in the future.
To help continue the metalwork success story, we have set up a Crowdfunder campaign allowing us to bring open-access welding to the people of Liverpool. This will give makers, artists and small businesses the opportunity to access completely new resources to make, mend, invent and experiment – keeping Liverpool’s metalwork scene alive. The link to our campaign is below and all donations are much appreciated.