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Unity and community inspires new sculpture

sculpture 2015 Wednesday 24 June 2015

Work has begun on a major new sculptural installation which will change the entrance to the Hope Park campus and create a brand new place to welcome visitors into the university community. 

The artwork, commissioned by Centro Arts who built the Focolare Church in Loppiano, Tuscany, is made up of two individual pieces which interweave to form the shape of an archway.

The new sculpture will be placed at the crossing on Taggart Avenue, which previously marked the historical separation between the Catholic and Anglican founding colleges of the university. 

The act of walking through the sculpture every day is designed to be a living affirmation of the distinctive ecumenical foundation of Liverpool Hope University.

The sculpture also takes its inspiration from the Māori tradition of the waharoa – a gateway that is designed not to keep people out, but is instead an entrance into the community. Strangers are invited through the waharoa to become part of the community for life.

An official dedication ceremony is planned for the end of July, which will also involve members of the Focolare Movement, an international Order committed to fostering Unity. Its founder, Chiara Lubich, received an Honorary Degree from Liverpool Hope University in 2008, a few months before she died.

Work has begun on the base landscaping, and the sculptures are due on site in early July with an expected completion date of mid July - in time for Graduations.

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