28 April 2017

ION appoints Anthony Brown as artist for Lime Street

Ion has appointed artist Anthony Brown to create dramatic graphic artwork for the facades of Lime Street development

Leading Liverpool property developer, Ion, has announced the appointment of renowned Liverpool artist, Anthony Brown. The regeneration experts are in the process of transforming Lime Street as a key gateway area into the city, with a hotel, student accommodation and retail units – creating a new vision for an area in the city that needed investment. Anthony Brown will shape that vision by creating a large-scale graphic art work that will act as an impressive welcome to visitors that arrive in the city and serve to remind those that live in Liverpool of the neighbourhood’s rich heritage and stories.

Anthony explained his inspiration for the graphic art that will feature on the Lime Street development: ‘With this work, our intention is to capture and reflect the history while commemorating the development of a truly unique street –  and one of the most important areas in the city of Liverpool.’

He added: ‘We will be creating a ‘Quantum Timeline’ using illustrative graphic image and archived text to immortalise the development, buildings, business, people and

heritage of Lime Street which was formally known as Limekiln Lane. It will serve to forever mark & display ‘what was’ as we celebrate what comes next’

Anthony was born in Merseyside, graduating from Wirral Metropolitan School of Art and the Liverpool School of Printing. His work moves freely between contemporary art and abstract art amongst many mediums and he will use his trademark illustrative style on Lime Street. Anthony has previously created iconic pieces of public art in the city and is famed for his ‘100 heads Thinking As One’ exhibitions which celebrated Liverpool’s 800 Year Charter through 100 portraits of people who were chosen for their contribution to Liverpool life.
Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, commented: ‘Lime Street has seen many transformations in its history and has always reflected Liverpool life. As one of the most important gateways to the city, we have an opportunity to reflect the vibrancy and history of the street in the elevations of the building – to offer a unique welcome to visitors who may not know anything of Liverpool, it’s fascinating narrative, and most importantly, its people.’

He added: ‘Through the medium of Anthony’s art, the heritage of the street will be celebrated. Anthony will reflect history almost literally with his imagery giving an insight on how Lime Street was used by the people in the city in the past.’

The finished art work will be revealed on completion, prior to the design being incorporated into the building’s facade.  Ion and Anthony Brown collaborated previously through exhibitions of Brown’s work at Mann Island.

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