Liverpool is an easy train ride from Crewe. Well, many destinations are, but all that Merseyside has to offer is just over thirty minutes down the iron road from the Cheshire hub. This month, timed for the nation’s remembrance services, the breath-taking Weeping Window installation, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, consisting several thousand hand-crafted poppies, has wowed visitors to the St George’s Hall area of the city. It’s a wonderful tumble of colour, love and memories…
Not only does the poignant tribute remember the Liverpool lives lost, it represents another significant shift from London-centric exhibitions, celebrations and memorials. The 14-18 NOW programme, a collection of commissions by numerous artists, is on tour at locations around the country until 2018.
The regions matter as much as the capital; and just as the development of Media City in Salford has gone some way towards shifting media bias, it’s fantastic to see Liverpool carrying a truly national baton and running with it. Now a devolution deal has also been signed, hopefully adding further fuel to the Northern Powerhouse and surrounding area.
Don’t get me wrong, London is a fabulous experience, whether you earn a living there or just pop down for a short break to soak up the many sights. I worked there for four years, then hankered for a different work-life balance that the North West could offer; that and my unfathomable desire to watch Crewe Alexandra more often!
The last week, however, has been about respect and remembering the fallen. This year Liverpool folk should be immensely proud of its city’s contribution, something that enhances the many remembrance exhibits already on display across its fabulous museums; lest we forget.