Friday, March 28, 2014

Crosby Beach and Liverpool 2

March 26th we headed out to Crosby Beach on the bus. Crosby Beach is north of Liverpool and the bus ride there was not too long and was nice to see more of the area surrounding Liverpool.

 We got off the bus and walked to the beach after being offered some hot dogs from some lovely old men on the bus. Um, no thanks. Not even for £1.25.  Getting to the beach around noon allowed for the tide to be very far out giving us a lovely view of the Irish Sea. The reason we headed out to Crosby Beach was to see Another Place by Antony Gormley.
 Another Place is a piece of modern sculpture by Antony Gormley. It consists of cast iron sculptures of the artist's own body, facing towards the sea.
The figures are cast replicas of Antony Gormley's own body. As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are revealed and submerged by the sea. There were lots of signs stating that your experience with the sculptures would depend on the time of day, the weather, the tides, etc of when you see the sculptures.

After we left the beach, I got an ice cream from Mr. Softy. I could resist a good ice cream cone. It betrayed me by sliding off onto my scarf but I managed to save it and place it back on the cone so I could finish it. We tried to find a bus to Formby but had no luck so we returned to Liverpool.
 With wandering towards the Superlambanana we came across this statue of Eleanor Rigby.

 Yay! Superlambanana! It's 17 feet tall and weighs eight tons. It was designed by Taro Chiezo. It's located outside of Liverpool John Moores University. In 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture and that is why there are smaller lambananas around Liverpool. There are 125 individually designed lambananas.
As we walked about we saw some cool graffiti.

We walked through the Beatles area, past the Cavern Club and saw the statue of John Lennon.

 Heading through Liverpool One we walked to Albert Dock where they have a TATE but we did not go inside. Another day.

 Albert Dock was opened in 1846, and was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood. As a result, it was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world.

At the time of its construction the Albert Dock was considered a revolutionary docking system because ships were loaded and unloaded directly from/to the warehouses. Two years after it opened it was modified to feature the world's first hydraulic cranes.

Amongst the many attractions at the Albert Dock are the Merseyside Maritime Museumthe Beatles Story and the Tate Liverpool

 It was a really nice stroll along the walkaway beside the River Mersey. There are love locks people have left behind along the chain links reminiscent of the Pont des Arts in Paris.

These are two apartment barges that you can rent out if you would like. I think I would choose the yellow submarine over the Titanic. 

Might be a while before another post. I have just been hanging out with Jamie and having a good time. Heading back to Manchester on the 1st of April.

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