Look up next time you are passing through Liverpool ONE and you will see an amazing new sculpture on the roof of the Hilton hotel; the Rainbow Runner by Faith Bebbington.
This temporary installation has been funded through Liverpool City Council’s Without Walls project, which is designed to fill the streets with cultural content and encourage audiences back into the city centre after the COVID-19 crisis.
The Runner was originally commissioned as part of Liverpool Discovers public art trail across the city, was painted neon yellow and sat atop an old weigh bridge at Kings Park on The Strand in 2011. It’s livery was then changed to neon orange as a Rise commission for its display in the Leeds Liverpool canal basin area for The Mersey River Festival in 2019.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Faith wanted to reimagine the work, painting each of the seven life size figures a different colour of the rainbow, which has become a symbol of hope and strength during the crisis. This new colour scheme is a way to acknowledge the extraordinary time we’re living in and particularly thanking essential and key workers. The Rainbow Runner was born!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Culture Liverpool for funding the project, to the Hilton for hosting the installation, and to Faith Bebbington for sharing this work with us. You will be able to view the sculpture until January 2021.