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Gateway sculpture unveiled

New Gate Tuesday 29 September 2015

An official dedication ceremony was held at Hope Park to unveil the New Gate sculpture.

Viceā€Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University Professor Gerald J Pillay welcomed staff, students and dignitaries, before inviting the artist who designed the installation to speak.

Professor Pillay said: “We are delighted that the New Gate is in place to welcome our new students to the city. This artwork will stand as a reminder that Liverpool Hope, and Liverpool as a whole, is a place of hospitality and warmth, where ecumenical unity has helped us to flourish.”

Commissioned by Centro Arts, who built the Focolare Church in Loppiano, Tuscany, the New Gate is made up of two individual pieces that interweave to form a gateway.

The new sculpture stands at the crossing on Taggart Avenue, which previously marked the historical separation between the Catholic and Anglican founding colleges of the University. 

Nunzia Bertali, from the Italian Consulate, officially inaugurated the New Gate by cutting the ribbon.

She said: “What a great occasion and privilege to be asked to inaugurate the New Gate.  I can only be proud of this link between England and Italy. It is a fantastic idea and great opportunity to link the two countries.”

See a selection of pictures from the day on our Flickr page.

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