The MONUMENTS installation by Terry Duffy is a pan European project launched during the 2008 Liverpool Biennial. This is a unique installation created for the historic Martins Bank building which has been closed for some time awaiting a vision for its future reinvention.
This installation is possibly the largest and most significant artwork during the Biennial. A powerful fusion of monumental architecture, fine art, history and humanity. Through the appropriation of the building the MONUMENTS installation injects new life into this palatial space and draws attention to the significance of its history, its once global maritime links and the context for its reinvention.
With the recent collapse of major banks and reminders of the 30's depression, Duffy's exhibition has gone from not only being one of the most significant exhibitions during the 2008 Liverpool Biennial to the most pertinent.
The underlying working title as Duffy explains, âhas always been 'MONUMENTS or self delusion' the human nature that drives us on to create even greater monuments to ego and ambition.
Terry Duffy is an international artist having exhibited in Berlin, Paris, Venice, Philadelphia, New York and London. He has a long-term fascination with humankind's legacy and chooses for his work the context of iconic buildings that through the significance of their history and visual language question and challenge perceptions of the past, present and future.
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