It’s a bold statement and one that strikes a chord in today’s digitised and globalised world.
‘Everything is Connected’ is also the name of an eye-catching, large-scale art installation on the Depot building at Manchester’s landmark Mayfield site, next to Manchester Piccadilly Station.
It has been installed by U+I, the regeneration and property company, part of the Mayfield Development Partnership, which is leading the revival of the historic 24-acre site.
“Everything is Connected”, which comprises by 250 light bulbs installed on powder-coated steel, is by acclaimed contemporary British artist Peter Liversidge. For the last year it has been adorning U+I’s London headquarters.
The installation at Mayfield is highly significant, representing both the spirit of partnership bringing forward a new vision for the former industrial site, and also Mayfield’s physical connectivity with Manchester, which has been strengthened by the re-opening of the site as a street-food market and community garden.
The Mayfield Partnership – a joint venture between Manchester City Council, LCR, Transport for Greater Manchester and U+I – is bringing forward plans to transform the area into a thriving mixed-used community.
James Heather, Development Director at Mayfield for U+I said: “Everything is Connected captures the way U+I views the world, the way we want to do business and the culture that we want to create.”
“This daring, imaginative piece looks great on the Mayfield Station building and will I am sure, stimulate conversation, interest and curiosity about the site as we move forward with our plan to deliver a soulful transformation of Mayfield for Manchester.”
Peter Liversidge is known for his multi-disciplinary work, which spans drawing, performance, installation, photography, painting, sculpture and interventions.
He has shown internationally at some of the world’s most respected institutions and festivals including Tate Gallery Liverpool, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Finland, Whitechapel Gallery and the Edinburgh Art Festival.
The long-term plan for Mayfield is to invest around £850m in creating new commercial, residential and leisure facilities alongside the iconic heritage assets at the site.
The wider Mayfield regeneration vision will potentially provide 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park, creating over 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.
The long-term proposals will seek to enhance many of the site’s historic features including developing and improving the River Medlock, which flows through the site. The intention is to maintain the historic buildings on the site and make the most of the area’s built heritage.
U+I was formally appointed as the development partner for Mayfield in December 2016.
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