Iconic Site

Royal Albert Dock
Salthouse Quay
Liverpool
Liverpool City Region
L3 4AA
The words 'Iconic Site' in neon red lights is suspended on scaffolding in front of the Royal Albert Dock building which has been regenerated.

About

Artist: Sans façon; 
Canada

Sans façon is the collaborative practice of artist duo Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees.

Iconic Site is part of the 2021 'River of Light' programme. For full details of this year's River of Light, visit the dedicated page.

Iconic Site was created as a response to the situation of many cities where waves of new development change the face of our urban environment, often replacing the character of a place with buzz words and catch sentences.

Since 2004, Liverpool's historic Victorian docks were given world heritage status to recognize the beauty of the architecture of its waterfront and the significance Liverpool had as a major trading power during the British empire. That status and recognition was lost recently when Unesco rescinded the world heritage status citing that new developments had transformed the original characteristics of the area.

Iconic Site is an invitation to consider what gives a place its character and unique cultural quality and the fine balance between past and present.

Iconic Site has been reimagined for past showings in various cities including Manchester, Margate to coincide with the opening of Turner Contemporary, and Toronto, Canada.

Description of the artwork for those who are visually impaired

On the bridge nestled between two historical dockside warehouses a large sign with the words iconic site, illuminated with red neon, overlooks the historic Albert Dock. Standing approximately 7 metres tall and 10 metres wide, the large scale is intended to befit the dramatic context of the Liverpool docks. The style and scale of neon is familiar to the way major venues display their names, commonly found on rooftops as permanent signage that is visible from a great distance. The word iconic is centred over top of the word site and each letter is open faced with an aluminium casing to enhance the glow of the neon. Up close you can hear the buzz of the neon which is reminiscent of movie signs, American drive throughs, and concert halls of old.

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