As I consulted the Bienniale guide, I realised that the Invisible Wind Factory was off the map. Thankfully, aided by googlemaps and my sense of direction, I meandered my way through industrial estates, past a medley of dated and run-down pubs and found myself at a rather curious red-brick building that was closed!
'Grace, Charles and the Sunflower is a new mosaic by Paulina Olowska that references the socialist belief that through the creation of a public work one can influence and present optimistic visions of a better world. The artist’s idea is based on a Polish mosaic from the 1960s situated on the side of a public school in the village of Raba Zdroj, where Olowska lives. Despite its history, the mosaic remains unprotected and unmaintained: this kind of popular, public, post-soviet art is no longer favoured by the Polish government and there is a strong possibility that it will be demolished in the future. By presenting a similar mosaic in Liverpool, Olowska champions the value of these works and suggests that they should be protected as part of the country’s national heritage.'
For any visitors to the Biennial wanting to check out the artwork for themselves, please note that this work by Paulina Olowska is currently undergoing repair following adverse weather conditions. The central panel will be reinstated as soon as possible. Check the Liverpool Biennial website for updates.