Ugo Rondinone: Liverpool Mountain

Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018. Installation view at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Photo: Mark McNulty

Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018. Installation view at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Photo: Mark McNulty

Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018. Installation view at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Photo: Mark McNulty

Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018. Installation view at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Photo: Mark McNulty

Liverpool Mountain by internationally renowned artist Ugo Rondinone is a major new public artwork for the city region, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool.

The 10-metre high sculpture is situated on Liverpool’s historic waterfront and consists of vertically-stacked rocks painted in bright fluorescent colours. Reminiscent both of ancient totems and of land art, Liverpool Mountain is inspired by naturally occurring hoodoos – spires or pyramids of rock – and the art of meditative rock balancing. The sculpture appears to defy gravity in its teetering formation, poised between the natural and the manmade.

Liverpool Mountain is Ugo Rondinone’s first public artwork in the UK and part of his Magic Mountains series, with similar outdoor sculptures in Miami, Gwangju and Las Vegas.

Part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, the project marks the 10th anniversary of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and the 30th anniversary of Tate Liverpool. It is supported by Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and funded by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Strategic Investment Fund).

Ugo Rondinone was born in 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland. He studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and is one of the most noted contemporary artists today, working in a wide range of media. He has exhibited widely including solo shows at Carre d’Art, Nimes; Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Secession, Vienna (2-15), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Museo Anahuacalli, Mexico (2014), Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago and M Museum, Leuven (2013).