Launching its programme of celebratory events for the Eurovision Song Contest, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool officially welcomed the jewel in its programme, Floating Earth by artist Luke Jerram with a switch-on moment last night.
Creating Liverpool’s most spectacular backdrop from 28th April – 18th May, the 10-metre art installation was viewed for the first time.
Visitors were greeted by a video of Luke Jerram discussing the inspiration for Floating Earth and its importance in bringing people together, nodding to this year’s Eurovision theme – United by Music. Musical performances by local members of Rock Choir also provided a soundtrack to the evening, with songs including Make Your Own Kind Of Music by Paloma Faith.
Floating Earth is breathtakingly set against the dock’s historic colonnades, creating magical moments at sunrise and sunset. The piece was also accompanied with a soundscape by BAFTA-winning composer, Dan Jones that further enhances the experience.
Floating Earth can be viewed from Royal Albert Dock’s inner quay, where visitors can view the installation daily with the soundscape from 12pm-10.30pm for free, although the piece will be illuminated 24 hours a day.
Sean Morrison, estate manager for Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Floating Earth as part of Royal Albert Dock’s celebrations for the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable highlight, dazzling local and international visitors, and we feel honoured to help share the experience with all those joining us on the waterfront.”
Kate Gordon, enterprise manager for Canal & River Trust commented:
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Floating Earth in its new home for Eurovision. It’s a remarkable installation, and to see it located majestically on the water at Royal Albert Dock will bring a sense of awe and wonder to all who view it.”