WWI stories transform the iconic building.
Letters and photographs from soldiers who fought and died at The Battle of The Somme have transformed an iconic Liverpool venue into a giant art canvas. Entitled ‘Dolce et Decorum Est’, as a tribute to the WWI poem by Wilfred Owen, the giant artwork now beautifies the facade of The Lyceum in Bold Street and was poignantly unveiled on Friday 10th June to a large crowd including relatives with a rendition of The Last Post, Owen’s poem, and release of a single red balloon.
Liverpool BID Company commissioned artists – The Sounds Agents – to reflect ‘the human story of the Great War’ in time for the centenary of the infamous battle in which 1 million lives were lost. The giant commemorative artwork, which also reflects the pivotal role letters had on the morale on the Western Front, will animate the Grade II* listed former post office for at least the next nine months.
The work also incorporates a poppy motif as a tribute to the fallen as well as a salute to the Weeping Window installation that adorned St George’s Hall, which attracted more than 350,000 people over the winter.