The Mersey Showing off for – or possibly terrifying – the tourists, this massive Liver Bird has just landed behind one of Liverpool’s famous ferries. Since the 12th century ferries have crossed the Mersey River; once they were the only means to do so. Now they offer a spectacular view of the city’s waterfront and a pleasant rest for bicycle commuters.
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 Mersey