On track for new artwork

A new piece of public art, which reflects the history of Edge Hill, has been officially unveiled.

Standing near to the site of Edge Hill Railway Station, the world’s oldest passenger station, the artwork is in the form of an old luggage trolley complete with suitcases.

Artist Andrew McKeown has created the steel sculpture. Pupils from four local schools – St Hugh’s, Smithdown Primary, St Anne’s and Lawrence Road-  and residents from Stephenson Court sheltered  accommodation have provided  items to be encased in the suitcases.

These included mementoes from the history of the area and artwork produced by the children.

Andrew said: “The inspiration for the sculpture came from Edge Hill’s rich railway heritage and its importance in the development of passenger rail travel.

“The sculpture will hopefully evoke memories of previous journeys, leaving and returning to Liverpool by train.

“The use of old suitcases, station trolleys and chests gives the sculpture a nostalgic feel and hopefully it will make the viewer think about the history and significance of the railways in Edge Hill.”  
 
The artwork, which stands at the junction of Smithdown Road and Earle Road, was  officially unveiled by Wavertree MP Luciana Berger. Smithdown Rd Earle Rd Artwork Unveilling

It has been funded through the  Government ‘s High Street Fund.
       
Local Councillor Tim Beaumont said; “This is an area which has a fascinating history and was highly significant in the development of the railways so it is very appropriate that this sculpture should reflect that. It has involved both the young and not-so young members of the community and will be a real talking point for both the local community and visitors to the area.”