Here’s what the Lime Street facade will look like – including Futurist memories – Liverpool Echo

Posted: July 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Heres what the artwork on the Lime Street development could look like and it includes memories of the famous Futurist cinema.

Developer Ion is building a hotel, student flats and a row of shops and restaurants on the land between The Crown and The Vines. The plan was controversial because the historic Futurist was demolished to make way for it.

But that cinemas history will form part of a striking quantum timeline, designed by Anthony Brown, that will stretch across the Lime Street facade.

Mr Brown has designed 11 panels based on Lime Streets history.

They cover topics from the Futurist and other long-lost cinemas to the famous Maggie May and the Guinness Clock that once stood opposite Lime Street station.

Theres even a panel about the old Yankee Bar, famed for its miniature Statue of Liberty. The Yankee was also cleared to make way for the Lime Street scheme.

Mr Brown is best known for the 100 portraits of famous Merseyside people that he created for Liverpools 800th birthday in 2007.

Speaking about his Lime Street work, he said: With this work, our intention is to capture and reflect the history while commemorating the development of a truly unique street and one of the most important areas in the city of Liverpool.

We have created an accessible Quantum Timeline using illustrative graphic images and archived text to immortalise the development, buildings, business, people and heritage of Lime Street which was formally known as Limekiln Lane.

It will serve to forever mark and display what was as we celebrate what comes next.

Ion, formerly known as Neptune Developments, was behind the Mann Island development. Mr Browns painting have previously been exhibited there.

Ion managing director Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, commented: "Lime Street has seen many transformations in its history yet it has always reflected Liverpool life.

As one of the most important gateways to the city, we have an opportunity to reflect the vibrancy and history of the street on the elevations of the building.

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