A matter of form - Leviathan Birmingham

Running from the 21 to 25 June BE Festival is a fusion of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, music, visual and performing arts.  The festival celebrates the best of European Theatre and visual arts and this year they have commissioned Madrid-based artist An Wei Lu L to create an artwork in Centenary Square.

BE FESTIVAL (shortened from Birmingham European Festival) takes place annually in June at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstages into a den of creativity, discovery and exchange where diverse cultures are celebrated.http://befestival.org/about/

The artwork called Leviathan references Thomas Hobbes' 1651 book of the same name and will disappear over time as the public walk across it, http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/watch-giant-work-art-revealed-11505496

Hobbes used the body as a metaphor for the state and it's constituent parts in his explanation of the need for a leader to protect us from inevitable anarchy, http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/takingliberties/staritems/55hobbesleviathan.html

There are five other large artworks by An Wei across the city centre and within the REP.

The following photos show the beauty of the artwork.


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