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'Vertical cloud' for Birkenhead

'Vertical cloud' for Birkenhead

A 100m vertical column of steam could soon be rising over Birkenhead's Morpeth Dock for a new art project.

Artist Anthony McCall has been awarded £500,000 of funding from the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad for his 'Projected Column' initiative.

Using recycled local heat the column of slender spinning cloud will rise in slow structured sequences.

On a clear day the cloud should be visible from up to 100km away above the River Mersey.

Column of steam
Anthony McCall's sketch of how the cloud would look

The project will be produced by Liverpool's Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) and is planned as one of the lead regional projects for Artists Taking The Lead, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

"I'm thrilled that this is going ahead," Anthony McCall said.

"For a landmark made simply of air and water, the constantly changing weather of the Mersey makes the perfect dance partner.

"I should also mention the many individuals and institutions in Birkenhead, whose enthusiasm early on played such an important role in making the project viable."

The idea was selected from a shortlist of five projects for the North West, from a total of 172 regional entries. There are 12 winning commissions for each of the regions across the UK.

Anthony McCall is known for his work in creating 'solid-light' installations which he began in 1973 with his work Line Describing a Cone, a form composed of projected light which emerged in three-dimensional space.

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