Bold Street / Concert Street, Downtown Liverpool L1
Picture by Tony Siebenthaler

Sculptor: Stephen Broadbent
Founders: Varleys of St Helens
Height: 13ft 4in (4.06 metres)
Unveiled: 19th September 1990, by Dorothy M. Gavin (Lord Mayer of Liverpool)
Identical statues are located at Glasgow and Belfast
Total cost of the three statues: 50,000

Initially there were three identical statues in Belfast, Glasgow and Liverpool, the reconciliation referring to religious differences. Two more identical statues are now placed in Cotonou, Benin and in Richmond, Virginia. Liverpool, Cotonou and Richmond were three points in the slave trade triangle. The statues are a physical statement but the Reconciliation Triangle Project aims to link students in Benin, Richmond & Liverpool, building bridges that might overcome racial disadvantage and economic separation in schools and communities. It is also hoped to make a film on the life of Olaudah Equiano, the freed slave who was active in the Abolitionist movement. With five other major commissions in Liverpool (including the imminent Hope Street project) and no less than 35 major pieces across North and Central England, Broadbent is one of our most important contemporary sculptors. For a selection of his work go to the artist's web site Reconciliation Triangle 


Alan Maycock 2008

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