Ion reveals Lime Street façade art
Liverpool developer Ion, formerly Neptune, has revealed images of the Anthony Brown artwork that will decorate its £39m Lime Street development.
Ion’s scheme is to bring a hotel, student accommodation and retail units to the stretch of Lime Street between the Crown and Vine pubs in a scheme due to be completed in summer 2018.
Merseyside artist Brown, whose work has previously been displayed at Ion’s Mann Island scheme, has created a large-scale graphic artwork to act as a welcome to visitors arriving in the city.
He said: “With this work, our intention is to capture and reflect the history while commemorating the development of a truly unique street – and one of the most important areas in the city of Liverpool.
“We have created an accessible ‘Quantum Timeline’ using illustrative graphic images and archived text to immortalise the development, buildings, business, people and heritage of Lime Street.”
This timeline will be carried across a series of panels featuring imagery and text immortalising local landmarks and traders, including the Yankee Bar, the Guinness clock, William Harvey and the Futurist cinema.
Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, added: “Lime Street has seen many transformations in its history yet it has always reflected Liverpool life. As one of the most important gateways to the city, we have an opportunity to reflect the vibrancy and history of the street on the elevations of the building.’
The finished art work will be revealed on its completion, prior to the design being incorporated into the building’s facade.