'A Case History'
Hope Street

Picture by Pat Neill
Sculptor: John King

Commissioned by LIPA in 1998 and paid for by The Friends Of Camelot (i.e. you & me), each suitcase is labelled with a famous Liverpudlian name. For some years, when the junction of Mount Street and Hope Street was still navigable by car, this piece appeared to sit in the roadway. Despite regular encounters, road-rage would spring at the outrageous fly tipping, before I recognised it as sculpture yet again and relaxed. Usually photographed empty, the piece is best appreciated on a sunny term time day, when students sit on and amid the luggage to take lunch. The brass name tags are a puzzle, whilst some are undoubtedly famous Scousers, others suggest business purchase/sponsorship. The 2007 road modelling has removed the piece to a pedestrian platform, safer for both motorists and sculpture but somehow neutered.

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Liverpool by Joseph Sharples

Alan Maycock 2007

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