The podium’s creator, Arthur Dooley, was born in Dingle, Liverpool in 1929. Arthur joined the Irish Guard and served in Palestine, however, whilst there, was court-martialled for siding with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and stealing British trucks for them.
Indeed, there are many stories of Dooley taking money earned from commissions to picket lines, as well as commissions arranged with the sole intention of raising funds for workers. At the time of his death, it was noted by friends and associates that, although Dooley had enjoyed success as an artist, he hadn’t much to show for it as he’d given everything away.
Seeing success as a sculptor for over 40 years, Arthur Dooley was one of Liverpool’s most delightfully contrary sons, who never gave up the Scouse traditions of working-class solidarity and speaking truth to power. He was a man of the people and a guardian of the city. WoW is very proud to breathe new life into his work.
We have teamed up with architect Daniel Smith who designed the Merseysounds structure. Daniel’s own personal connection to the history of the project became apparent when we learnt that his own father worked was a steel erector of the original podium.
He is the Founder of SMITH YOUNG, an award-winning design-led practice based in Liverpool. The practice has over 50 years of combined experience working on a variety of project types across the UK.
Special thanks to all our collaborators who have helped bring together the installation and soundscape.
We'd like to give a special thank you to Janaya Picket for the co-ordination of this project, Amanda Quiggas the sound designer, Simon Banks the sound engineer, and the contractors whose work made Mersey Sounds a possibility.
Voices on the Soundscape