Betty Woodman: Liverpool Fountain

“Instead of a space to get through, it’s something to enjoy”

For Liverpool Biennial 2016, artist Betty Woodman has created a large-scale public artwork for the city in the form of a bronze fountain. Her work refers to classical imagery and architectural decoration, combining sources that include Greek and Etruscan sculpture, Minoan and Egyptian art, Italian Baroque architecture and the paintings of Bonnard, Picasso and Matisse.

Woodman’s fountain is next to George’s Dock Ventilation Tower, an Art Deco structure built in 1931 that ventilates the road tunnel below. Watch the video to find out what inspired Woodman to make the piece.

Film by Carl Davies, FACT Video Production Services