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From a fleet of boats in church to the city's club scene.

THE public realm commissions are the pieces that will be viewed the most with more than 400,000 visitors and residents expected to enjoy them over the next two months.

Strewn across the city in some surprising locations the 18 pieces have cost more than pounds 1m.

Here are some of the highlights:

THE "bombed-out" St Luke's Church, on Berry Street, has become home to 56 upturned boats for a creation by Slovenian artist Matej Vogrincic.

The artist "fell in love" with the venue and, inspired by the River Mersey and the region's colourful maritime past, came up with his congregation of boats.

Vogrincic was also inspired by the nave - the part of the church where the congregation gather for worship, deriving from navis, the Latin word for ship.

Each of the boats, which are 5m long and 2m wide, took eight hours to make and were built in two pieces that had to be joined together.

They will be viewed from a platform outside the church, looking down across the whole length of the church.

KEN LUM'S eerie glass pavilion in St John's Gardens allows visitors to gain a sense of the nether world through 15ft high module, part sunk into the site.

By climbing inside and looking up, or going up to the roof and to look down the work was created to reflect the mass grave below the ground on the site.

Lum, from Vancouver, titled the work Monument To Napoleonic Prisoners and Other Things In Common.

AT ST GEORGE'S Square, a Helter Skelter seat has been created by Copenhagen artist Jeppe Hein.

He doesn't believe in letting his audience remain passive spectators and the seat is no exception.

The bench moves around like a rollercoaster and is set to surprise passers-by who decide to sit down there for a rest.

TERESA MARGOLLES has installed a glittering jewel-like pavement at the heart of the city's contemporary club scene.

Like her gallery-based installations which play with the language of minimalist sculpture, the aesthetics of the piece are a deliberate strategy designed to seduce the viewer.

For Margolles, the exquisite, the beautiful, provides the means to confront us with realities that we would prefer to either ignore or forget, as this pavement is constructed from broken glass collected from the scenes of violent crimes in Central and South America.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 22, 2006
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