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18th December 2003
Making A Big Splash!
Mersey Wave
Mersey Wave.
Liverpool has a new 'gateway' through which travellers can enter the city - it's the cascading 'Mersey Wave' which lights up the skies in the south. The Wave was switched on last Monday 15th and is visible for up to a mile from Speke Boulevard.
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The Mersey Wave is 200 ft long and 100ft high - it's the same size as seven double-decker buses and 30 ft taller than the famous Angel of the North at Gateshead.

The fanned-out wave effect was created by a series of 12 giant aluminium fins which have been set at different angles. Each one weighs a whopping 5.4 tonnes. The sculpture took six months to build and was installed using a massive 120-tonne crane.

Mersey Wave
The Mersey Wave.

This oceanic landmark was designed by the reknowned Czech artist Peter Fink in collaboration with urban designer Igor Marko of Art2Architecture. It was commissioned by Liverpool Land Development Company.

The switch-on event was attended by 150 guests who were told that this is the first sculpture in the UK designed to be viewed from a moving car. There were also performances by local children and a fireworks display.

Speaking at the switch-on, NWDA Chief Executive, Steve Broomhead said: "The Mersey Wave is an excellent landmark to greet people as they arrive in Liverpool. Such an impressive structure is a very fitting reflection of Liverpool's status as a major European city as preparations continue for the European Capital of Culture year in 2008."

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