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The Catholic Cathedral A nesting pair of Liver Birds “sit watch” atop the splendid tower of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. This 1960s design by Sir Frederick Gibberd is built on the original Gothic Revival crypt, which was started in the early 20th century but was curtailed by financial issues and the war. The pair of red and blue birds reflects the friendly rivalry between the city’s two great football teams, a rivalry that often sees families differing in their support.
The Liver Bird Series is a playful exploration of Liverpool’s iconic buildings and spaces through visits of the gigantic Liver Bird, the city’s mythical symbol. Following a four-century old tradition, David Montagnes has based the Liver Bird on a cormorant clasping a strand of seaweed in its beak. To celebrate Liverpool’s past and current role as a cosmopolitan port he has adopted a semi-oriental style, including “oriental-script” that under close inspection spells out “Liver Bird”.
About David Montagnes Montagnes is an ecologist at the University of Liverpool, where he maintains an active research programme and has taught thousands of students over the past two decades. As a young scientist Montagnes supported his education through art and illustration, drawing in detail new species and providing graphics for books. Liverpool’s vibrancy and architecture have inspired him to rekindle his latent artistic talents. The Liver Bird Series captures his affection for this city.
David MontagnesThe Catholic Cathedral