Liverpool Cathedral to host brand new installation


We’re pleased to announce that Coalescence, a new installation from internationally acclaimed British designer, Paul Cocksedge, will arrive at Liverpool Cathedral next month.

Here from 9 February – 12 March, Coalescence is made up of thousands of pieces of UK-sourced Anthracite coal and will be illuminated and suspended from the ceiling of the Cathedral well. This is inspired by designer Paul Cocksedge’s calculation about how much coal is required to power a single 200W light bulb for a year.

Paul Cocksedge says “This is a simple idea that has led to an incredible, educational journey. I’ve become really close to the material, hand-drilling thousands of pieces of coal to make this artwork.

“What I enjoy about this piece is that it sculpturally represents energy, as well as connecting to a huge range of challenges society is facing around where our energy comes from, how it’s sourced and what it costs. Showing this in Liverpool Cathedral, in this year in particular, felt very timely.”
The Dean of Liverpool, The Very Revd Dr Sue Jones, said: “Paul Cocksedge is exceptionally talented and his work has been shown at iconic locations around the world. We’re enormously grateful that Paul has chosen to debut his fantastic Coalescence in the wonderful surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral.
“As a place of contemplation and reflection, Liverpool Cathedral is a space where people can find a sense of joy and wonder as they connect with thought-provoking artworks like Coalescence. Our previous installations have been extremely well received and we’re very much looking forward to encouraging people to take time out to appreciate the remarkable beauty of Coalescence as they consider some of the issues explored by the piece.”