In a recent project at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, the Ghana Think Tank, with tons of help from Tenantspin, set up a video booth for the recording of Liverpool problems.
These problems (3.5mb pdf) were sent to a selection of think tanks formed in Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Serbia, and Ethiopia, and their solutions were acted on back in Liverpool.
These solutions included building cement bollards to stop parking on sidewalks, installing a kitty-litter box for dogs in a public park, painting the undersides of umbrellas with sunshine and then doing sunny-day things in the rain, to learning how to build African instruments out of found materials, so that junkies can play them to earn money while "gouching, instead a robbing."
In a problem culled online, Rachie B. complained about the dominance of the Beatles: "I think it's important that Liverpool is known for more than just the beatles."
Her problem was sent to our group of thinktanks from Ghana, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico and Serbia, and the following solution was provided: "Ask kids in Liverpool to document their favorite, unofficial parts of Liverpool for a guidebook or website."
So, Tracey Dunn, of Tenantspin, sought out the insider advice of people in Liverpool aged 1-13, and came up with a list of favorite spots in Liverpool. If anyone would like to help us design a pamphlet for this unofficial guide, please contact the Ghana Think Tank at http://www.ghanathinktank.org
FAVOURITE 'UNOFFICIAL' PLACES TO VISIT IN LIVERPOOL
BUCKET FOUNTAIN ( Official name Piazza Fountain)
Linus age 13 Tuebrook This is a mechanical/water feature sculpture put up in 1967 on Fenwick Street near the Liver Building. Most of these kinds of sculptures were removed by city councils years ago because they sound like toilet's flushing, so this is a rare example of a kinetic piece of public art. If you're lucky you'll see it in action.
There is an African Shield next to the Bucket Fountain and on it is a description about the fountain and Piazza. The Fountain was made and donated by Cammell Laird and Company Shipbuilders based in Birkenhead,across the River Mersey. Goree Piazza is named after two old bonded warehouses in the old Dock Road. Goree is the name of an island off the West Coast of Africa. Slaves were shackled here at the Goree Piazza many years ago.
Jordan Vernon age 11 Skelmersdale Sci Fi shop 92 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4HY telephone 0151 707 1491 Just down the road from FACT, a large space filled with comics ,toys and memorobilia from Watchmen,Dr. Who,Judge Dredd, Buffy the vampire Slayer and Star Trek amongst others.
RICE LANE CITY FARM
Michael McCay age 11 and Tom McCay age 9 Maghull Number 2 Lodge, Walton Park Cemetery, Walton, Liverpool L9 1AW. Telephone 0151 530 1066. Lots of animals for children to visit. Tom also likes FORBIDDEN PLANET Sci Fi shop (see above)
FLAT IRON PUB
Jade Sealy age 11 Toxteth Springwood Avenue, Woolton, Liverpool L25 7UN This is a big open space to relax in and contains a 'slide' to play on. There is also a nature reserve with many trees and shrubs. Allerton Hall pub restaurant in the grounds serves meals and ice cream.The hall was the home of anti-slave trader William Roscoe.Jade is pictured here with her mum
JUNGLE PARC UK LTD
CROXTETH COUNTRY PARK
Max age 6 and Tom age 4 Tuebrook Muirhead Ave, L12 0HB Big open spaces and lots of activities throughout the year
GREENACRES FARM PARK
Alexandra age 5 and Taylor age 6 Walton Cottage Lane, Deeside CH5 2AZ near Wirral,Merseyside telephone 44 1244 531147 Travel on the tractor to reach Kangaroos (?) and porcupines or go horse riding there.
PETER LLOYDS SWIMMING POOL
Clare age 12 Wavertree Collector's shop at Gostins Arcade, 32-36 Hanover Street,L1 4HN telephone Lis Edgar 07990990496 Find collectables like antique toys, records and local art here. Affordable and unique. Run by a local artist who also puts on regularly changing Art exhibitions in the Arcade.The photo is of a water fountain.
Robyn age 12 Wavertree Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SD telephone 0151 707 8288 Robyn enjoys pizza here although it's mainly a North African and Middle Eastern restaurant.Very reasonably priced. Another branch is at Myrtle Street in town.
Lee age 11 Bootle Liscard village, Wirral and the FUN FAIR at New Brighton.
MILL LANE PARK
Joy age 1 and Josh age 6 Wavertree Harthill Road, Allerton,L18 Joy likes football and flowers here and Josh likes the rock climbing.