Head in the Clouds
Liverpool and Art - 2011
Museum of Liverpool . The new landmark Museum of Liverpool Life opened today, concrete, glass, art, digital interaction and the spiral staircase, what more could you ask for? There are views over to the Three Graces and the River Mersey then over to the Wirral. It wouldn't be Liverpool without a giant Liver Bird. It was very busy but well worth the trip into town.
What a fascinating experience just stepping through the doors and seeing the 72 million pound building, designed by 3XN. Its 8,000 square metres of exhibition space, contains more than 6,000 objects all beautifully displayed and photography is allowed everywhere.
On the first floor, there’s a carriage from the Overhead railway and a chance to dress up with a selection of hats, a bowler hat in particular. I took a couple of pictures without thinking to much about it.. It was only on opening the file. I realised it looks like the the man in the Bowler Hat and the many surreal images of Réne Magritte. Coinsidentally, The Tate, Liverpool had an exhibition of his work on at the same time as the Museum opened, we’d visited the week before.
This image was simply for fun, not exhibition or salons. All I had to do was cut out the window and replace it with a fluffy clouded sky. I darkened down the seating area to add drama and take the eye to the sky and the silhouette. The image was a success, as Gordon has it as his phone background ever since. :0)