Agpalilik sculpture: project logo

A warehouse in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle district provided a remarkable location in Spring 2017 for a new public artwork by artist John Elcock.

Taking the form of a reproduction of one of the largest meteorites ever recovered, Agpalilik temporarily appeared for Threshold Festival between 31st March-2nd April 2017 in Bridgewater Street, Liverpool.

The artwork was inspired by the Agpalilik meteorite currently on display in the Danish Geological Museum, Copenhagen featured a full-scale cross-section of the meteorite being hoisted into a Liverpool warehouse for its valuable iron-nickel content.

The installation was a response to Threshold Festival 2017 theme of Darkness and Light: an exploration of contrast, in society and the world around us.

Elcock commented:
“I wanted to do two things. Firstly to reflect on an object that is the oldest thing on Earth, and how that might change the view we have of ourselves as human. Secondly to compare two great European ports and the idea of commodity”.

Andy Minnis, Co-Curator, Threshold Festival:
“We’re excited to include Agpalilik in our 2017 exhibition, continuing our mission to champion emerging artists and bring innovative work to new audiences. This sculptural intervention in an area undergoing continuous change will provide a unique focus for reflection and discussion during the festival weekend”.

Agpalilik was visible from street level for the duration of the festival. The painted and gilded sculpture was suspended from a warehouse, accompanied by a media device revealing the inner structure of the 4.5bn year old meteorite core.