Wednesday, 5 August 2009

ART FOR ART SAKE ..er NO!

DUTCH artist Lambert Kamps has transformed a hackney cab into a water taxi as part of a project that aims to use art to help regenerate some of Merseyside’s most deprived areas.

The sculptor, whose work often features recycled materials, turned the vehicle upside down and cut off the bottom to create a floating vessel powered by outboard motor.

It will run on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until September 20, carrying passengers between three stops.

His creation is part of the three-year Art for Places initiative, co-ordinated by the Liverpool Biennial, housing market renewal organisation New Heartlands, British Waterways and the Arts Council North West.

Maffi thinks . . .Art isn’t art because the artist says it is. Turning a car upside down cutting the bottom off and adding an outboard makes this a different kind of skip not art. We have enough of our own ‘different thinkers’ without importing them for vast sums of dosh.

1 comment:

Dot and Derek said...

Hi Maffi
Here is a photo of the said art object taken last Saturday on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_UcJaJILOUEs/SnMXz4alk-I/AAAAAAAAP7Q/yvemrDH-09g/s1600-h/Liverpool%20455%5B5%5D.jpg