A new art installation that explores the concept of identity and how we are all connected has gone on show in Liverpool Cathedral this summer.
IDENTITY: We Are All Together is the third installation in a partnership between the artist, Peter Walker and Liverpool Cathedral and follows Peace Doves and Being Human.
This final installation focuses on our individual identities presented as a collective community and is the largest installation in the cathedral to date.
In it, the artist introduces seven illuminated columns which change colour and are suspended over the Well. Each column is lit with individual strips of light representing the double helix of DNA to represent the unique make -up of each person. Each column is wrapped in over 3,000 individual portraits which were produced during the artist’s 2022 installation Being Human when visitors were invited to use a photo booth as part of that artwork. Together, the seven columns represent our distinct differences gathered together as one.
The Dean of Liverpool, the Very Revd Sue Jones said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Peter Walker back to Liverpool Cathedral, displaying this latest installation here in the Cathedral, in a space that has become familiar to him.
“Identity highlights the importance of both individuality and community. In a world of division and difference, we are pleased to host an installation that highlights the bonds and links that we all, as individuals, have in common.
“As a cathedral built and shared by the city’s people, we understand the value of our community and look forward to welcoming visitors to view ‘IDENTITY here in the Well.”
The artist, Peter Walker said:
“IDENTITY’ reflects the fact that in a world of constant change and flux and in a world where people quickly react to the differences between us, if we look at what unites us and unites every individual on earth, we will see that we are all inextricably linked.
“… we are linked, but each of us is unique and individual. We are shaped through our faith, ethnicity, tastes and friendship groups, the culture we are born into and the communities we belong to and engage with, alongside our gender identity.”
IDENTITY is on display until 3 September.
Photos : Gavin Trafford, Peter Walker Sculptor.