Building Blocks for Five Minds of Great Vision, 2018
12 wooden blocks (with canvas carry bag)
Building Blocks for Five Minds of Great Vision was a set of wooden blocks inspired by the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, produced alongside Ryan Gander’s major project Time Moves Quickly.
In 2018, Gander worked collaboratively with five children from Knotty Ash Primary School in Liverpool – Jamie Clark, Phoebe Edwards, Tianna Mehta, Maisie Williams and Joshua Yates – to produce a series of artworks for Liverpool Biennial. The project took inspiration from the Montessori method of education, based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.
For the commission, Gander dissected a model of architect Frederick Gibberd’s modernist cathedral into a series of simple ‘building blocks’ which were reassembled into different configurations by the children. The maquettes that Gander and the children created were then reproduced on a larger scale to produce five bench-like sculptures that were positioned on the cathedral’s plateau for the duration of the Biennial.