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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.


A sample of one of the panel sections

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.

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Shame they couldn’t have left the old façade of the Futurist up – it was much better!

By Bob Dawson

Glad to see Lime Street brought into the 21st century

By Ken

Pictures of what was there before? Absolutely, utterly pathetic!

Those things (the Futurist and the ‘Guinness building’ where St Johns now is) are gone now, fine, but why haven’t the developers got the guts to put something in its place that actually makes a statement of its own? To tear something down and immediately replace it with a picture of what was there is beyond irony. Bland, bland, neutered design

By Spock

Agree with Bob.
But this is not a bad solution.

By MancLad

… Liverpool will finally have a front door it can be proud of, the battle to save the Futurist was long, expensive and futile and if the people who were so ‘passionate’ about saving it actually used it or started the campaign 20 + years ago then the outcome may have been different … the City has to move on and now it has street that can welcome visitors and play a full economic role in the City … like the artwork as well … tells the narrative of a street that’s always been a little edgey … onwards

By Norman Davies

Good to see local artist get the commission !

By john

What a sick joke. Like shooting someone in the head and then giving the eulogy at their funeral.

By Morgan

Welcome to a World Heritage Site – first thing generic architecture. I’m sure it won’t date and be a draw for tourists in years to come. Unclear how guarno etc will be cleaned off the fascade it’s a bit inaccessible.

By MetropolisMark