To mark the anniversary of The 14 Hour Super Weird Happening at the Florrie, Liverpool 8, Jah has put together an incredible video of one of the highlights of the event, the conversation between music producer and Killing Joke bassist Youth and ‘the greatest living Englishman’ Alan Moore.
The Super Weird Happening was a day of wonderment, inspiration and discovery and paved the way for the Liverpool Arts Lab to set up camp in The Florrie’s basement, AKA ‘Undergrowth Of Wonder’. A transcription of the conversation is available here.
Mathew Street was the epicentre for all of Liverpool’s finest freaks and seekers. But this gradually faded and the street diminished into a husk of its former self, now standing as a bleak caricature of soulless tourism.
This is why is was decided the bad spirits would be exorcised from the pool of life on the twenty third day of November, 2017 – the first annual ‘Toxteth Day Of The Dead’ and the date the JAMs ‘Burn The Shard’. Once the pool of life has been cleansed of the corrupting influence, the undercurrents will flow beneath the manhole cover freely allowing for a new cultural era for Liverpool.
This book provides an illustrated introduction to the cultural significance of Liverpool’s Mathew Street and follows the cleansing ritual of the plague doctors summoned by Liverpool Arts Lab.
THIS BOOK CONTAINS A LIFE-SIZED REPLICA OF THE MANHOLE COVER. FOLD IT OUT, STAND ON IT, AND FEEL THE ENERGY OF THE MEGA-POWERED INTERSTELLAR LEY LINE
The Renaissance of Mathew Street
Published 23 February 2018
320mm x 220mm
23 pages folding out to three posters plus seven inserts
Purchase a copy here
By Mandie Buchanan
The newly formed Liverpool Arts Lab was in need of a first project. After getting a little inspiration from a video circulating on social media, myself, Simon and Larry decided we were going to attempt a screen print of the famous Mathew Street manhole cover (or grid if you’re a local).
For those who do not know, there is an interesting manhole cover outside Flannigan’s Apple on Mathew Street. The location is connected to Karl Jung and his “Liverpool is the Pool of Life” dream. Also, Bill Drummond claims that the manhole cover is the fulcrum of an interstellar ley line and once spent 17 hours standing on top of it but that’s another story.
Simon, Larry and I decided we needed to just go for it, turn up and experiment. The whole attempt could be a disaster but if we didn’t try we would never know. So a bright Thursday morning saw the three of us arrive armed with art supplies and lots of kitchen roll. It had been raining, so the cover needed a dry and, we discovered was covered in chewing gum. We attracted some very odd looks from passers-by as we chipped away at the chewing gum.
Once all was clean and dry, we began to cover the surface in black paint. We then laid a large piece of paper over the top and went over it with a roller to make sure we got the pattern. Then came the moment of truth, peeling back the paper. The results were better than we ever could have hoped. We revealed a pretty perfect reverse image of the manhole cover – success!
The day was quite windy and we quickly realised we had nowhere to dry our creations. Not to worry, Flannigan’s Apple kindly stepped in and allowed us to leave our works of art on one of their tables to dry.
The next hour was spent creating more and more prints. Once we got bored of the black we began experimenting with different colours to create a psychedelic effect. The multi-colour versions were even better and all in all we created 17 prints. The interest from everyone was amazing. Everyone wanted to know what we were doing and why. A particular highlight was explaining the manhole cover’s back story to a group of puzzled Dutch tourists and one very concerned gentleman was even worried we would be arrested.
After a while, we wanted to go bigger and better. This led to Larry going off on a mission to purchase some t-shirts. On his return we used the colourful paints to print the manhole cover design onto the t-shirts and this worked fabulously as well. I am now the proud owner of a manhole cover print t-shirt. Does anybody else want to buy one?