'Three Uprights'
'Chatham Street' Northern Extension, Liverpool University, Liverpool L3

Picture by Pat Neill
 
Sculptor: Hubert Dalwood

This sculpture sits on a small platform to the west of the pedestrian route corresponding to a northward extension of Chatham Street from Abercromby Square. The three forms can be seen as three talking figures. Two would have been too few and four too many, Dalwood said. He won a limited competition to design this piece, which is cast in aluminium, a sturdy but difficult medium. Dalwood (1924-1976) taught at a number of art schools, including the Royal College of Art. Previously a relatively conventional sculptor of figures, in the mid fifties Dalwood turned to the abstract. He worked in clay before casting in aluminium and often left finger prints and tool marks in his templates. This piece was installed in 1959, the year he won the John Moores prize with Large Object.

Sources:
Pevsner Architectural Guides: Liverpool by Joseph Sharples
British Council
Designing Britain 1945 - 1975

Alan Maycock 2008

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