Thursday, May 30, 2013

Liverpool roundup, LightNight, Battle of the Atlantic commemoration

Here are some other photos of our recent Liverpool excursions.

Erin waiting with me at the Queen Square bus stop:

The Liverpool ward building and stake center of the LDS Church:

The former railway bike trail we walk on to go to church, and on this day we moved for the weekend to a different apartment because ours had been booked before we came along:

Phin eating a dry Weetabix and hunk of cheese for lunch with Zed napping behind him:

The LightNight Liverpool festival, with lots of public events. We attended the re-opening of the public library which has lots of open space, interesting architecture, and a public rooftop desk with a nice city view. We also went to late openings of museums and the town hall, etc.:

Mira and I saw dancing Chinese dragons on the street in front of the Hard Wok Cafe (really) accompanied by a crazy loud firecracker display, and around the corner some concrete guitar cases with labels naming famous Liverpool guitarists such as Paul McCartney:

St Luke's church ruin that was bombed in the Liverpool Blitz:

The Radio City tower:

The Battle of the Atlantic commemoration on Saturday, with free tours of Polish, Canadian, and Russian ships:

There's usually lots to do here!

Liverpool Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral

I've now been several times to the Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool and it's my favorite cathedral here, and one of the nicest modern-style churches I've been to anywhere. It's beautiful, with interesting tapestries and carvings, many small chapels off to the side each with different character, purpose, and dedication, and a nice large main worship area. Pope John Paul II led mass there in 1982. I felt it more successfully brought a sense of reverence and worship than many other cathedrals I've visited.

Liverpool docks, museums, Anglican cathedral

Lillian, Seth, and I went out around Liverpool one day to see various war memorials and the Walker museum, where we saw much statuary, paintings, the Loophonium (see someone else's short video of it):

One of the most surprisingly moving pieces for me was a 10-minute silent video presentation from 2002 by Bill Viola called Observance. He said he based it on The Four Apostles panel painting finished by Albrecht Dürer in 1526. I didn't know that when I was watching it, but the framing, slow movement, and color saturation all point back to The Four Apostles. I really liked it. This short 1-minute excerpt from Observance gives a feel of what it's like, though the short excerpt can't show much of the interplay between the grievers. See the Artsy.net Bill Viola page for more of his work.

We also saw the Liverpool docks:

There was a monument commissioned and donated by the LDS Church to commemorate the many families who left Liverpool on ships for America:

Our favorite street sign reads "Humped zebra crossing" but refers not to a rare animal breed but rather to the raised striped pedestrian walkway!

Next we toured the Liverpool Anglican cathedral, and right below it, the St. James Cemetery which is now a park.