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One of the more (literally) moving highlights of Liverpool's year as European City of Culture will be sculptor Richard Wilson's kinetic piece Turning the Place Over. With its mischievous overtones of Gordon Matta-Clark, Wilson's installation consists of an 8m diameter rotating ovoid cut from the facade of Cross Keys House. Resting on a specially designed giant rotator more usually found in the shipping and nuclear industries, the three-storey high oval section is designed to revolve and turn inside out, affording views into the now abandoned building. In a complex feat of engineering, the facade was cut, deconstructed and then reassembled on the gargantuan pivot. The effect is disarming, to say the least, as the facade glides, tilts and turns with balletic ease. Wilson clearly enjoys subverting architectural space and draws inspiration from the heroic, muscular worlds of engineering and construction. Co-commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company and the Liverpool Biennial, which were responsible for bringing Antony Gormley's 'iron men' statues to Crosby beach (p87), Turning the Place Over will be formally launched in June and ply its sedate sequence of disorientating rotations until the end of 2008. C. S.

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Publication:The Architectural Review
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Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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