‘Ship Ahoy’ – Liverpool history set in stone

4th Jul 2016

bca cunard 2Saturday 2nd July 2016 marked the Centenary celebrations of the famous Cunard building in Liverpool – one of the city’s world famous Three Graces. To bring the Cunard company’s legacy to life, the Hardscape team was commissioned by BCA Landscape in collaboration with design agency Smiling Wolf to craft an epic 50-metre granite stone seat.

The seat is inset with ‘The Voyage’ – a specially designed piece of artwork inspired by the fascinating history of Cunard and captures momentous moments from 1839 to the present day. Gracing the full length of the building, the stunning art installation features unique bronze illustrations and typography.

bca cunard 3The inscription on the bench recounts some of the defining moments in the building’s epic story dating back to a period when Liverpool was considered as the gateway to the world:

In 1912 the crew of the Carpathia became heroes responding to the ‘come quick distress’ call of the stricken Titanic. She powered to the rescue through the ice sheets of the North Atlantic, saving 705 people from the sinking vessel.

Cunard_Building,_Liverpool_-_2013-11-19Mathew Haslam, Hardscape MD comments: “We’re immensely proud to be able to play a small part in the Cunard Building’s history and hope that the Voyage installation will be enjoyed by Liverpudlians and visitors for years to come.”

The Centenary celebrations started with the Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth sailing up the Mersey on Saturday, July 2nd, followed by two ‘Last Night at the Proms’-style concerts and was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden alongside the Captain of Queen Elizabeth and Inger Klein Olsen (the first ever female captain of a Cunard ship).

bca cunard 5The work was commissioned by Amey for Liverpool City Council.

Images courtesy of BCA Landscape.
Further images at Hardscape FLICKR.