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Dream: a sculpture by Jaume Plensa

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This 20m high sculpture of a young girl’s head stands next to the busy M62 motorway near St Helens in Merseyside.

Dream‘ is the result of a brief from former miners from the Sutton Manor Colliery, where the giant sculpture now stands. The artist Jaume Plensa worked with the community for a year to help nurture and develop their dream to create a positive piece of public art on a large scale. The whole process was part of the Channel 4 Big Art Project.

The brilliant white marble and concrete finish beautifully reflects the light and mood of the skies, as the head peers above the treeline. I’d passed this very visible public art project several times in the last couple of months (in radically different weather conditions) while driving along the M62, and knew I wanted to view and photograph it properly. I was really lucky with the sky when I stopped to shoot this: such glorious clouds crown the view perfectly.

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Liverpool waterfront by night

A night time view of Liverpool: European City of Culture 2008. Standing with Albert Dock behind, and looking towards Pier Head and the Three Graces (The Royal Liver, Cunard and Port of Liverpool buildings).

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Liverpool One at night

Inside the main concourse at Liverpool One, the newest and biggest retail development in Liverpool. I loved the lighting, walkways and the raindrops on the metalwork in this scene.

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Inside the Q-Park car park, Liverpool One

This is the car park in the recently opened Liverpool One retail development. As soon as I saw the clean curves of this access ramp, and the remarkably tasteful interior lighting, I knew it would make a great shot. I’ve always had a fascination for multi-storey car parks: their brutal modernism, abject functionality, and the impersonal transience of them as a social space makes them oddly beguiling.

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Death of a nightclub: The Paradox, Aintree

This caught my eye while I was in the vicinity to carry out a shoot for work. I doubled back after work and took the shot as the clouds angrily scudded above me. A few minute later the sky was tinged pink as dusk broke through, but I love the moodiness of this scene as it is.

This tower is the last remnant of the sprawling Paradox nightclub in Aintree, Merseyside. I’m guessing the rest of the building was demolished a year or so ago: viewing the site in Google Earth shows a large building with the tower at one corner. So that explains the paradox of the lighting panel still visible on the side of the building, showing seven bars. I was wondering how they fitted them all in.

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