Roman Standard
The Oratory, Cathedral, St James's Gardens, Liverpool L1

Picture by Pat Neill
Sculptor: Tracey Emin

Emin says “This sculpture will be a symbol of hope, faith and spirituality. My Roman Standard represents strength but also femininity. Most public sculptures are a symbol of power which I find oppressive and dark. I wanted something that had a magic and an alchemy, something which would appear and disappear and not dominate," (The bird, which is the size of a sparrow, supposedly disappears when viewed from the south and only reappears as the viewer moves from south to west). Julian Treuherz, keeper of art galleries for National Museums Liverpool describes the sculpture as bringing a new dimension to an area of Liverpool already rich in great historic buildings and historical associations.


Alan Maycock 2008

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