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Shining a light in 2020—Nathan Coley’s new text sculpture illuminates Liverpool

Nathan Coley, From Here (2020) courtesy Mark McNulty

If 2020 has left you a little depleted, Glaswegian artist Nathan Coley’s latest installation, unveiled in Liverpool today, might make you feel better. The text-based light sculpture, entitled From Here, wraps around the sides of St. George’s Dock Pumping Station, a Victorian landmark located on Mann Island on the city waterfront. Liverpudlians can see and savour the uplifting piece which spells out From Here, All the Worlds Futures, From Here, All the Worlds Pasts (art buffs will spot the reference to the late curator’s Okwui Enwezor’s influential 2015 Venice Biennale show, All The World’s Futures). “I’m hoping in a small way it can be seen as an antidote to the darkness of 2020. The phrase speaks of place, history and times still to come,” Coley says in a statement. The illuminated installation is a co-commission between Liverpool Biennial and the city council organisation, Culture Liverpool; it will remain in situ throughout 2021, coinciding with the Liverpool Biennial (The Stomach and the Port, 20 March-6 June 2021).