Eerie Jellyfish Installation Lights Up the Liverpool Night

Walter Hugo and Zoniel The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living (2014), jellyfish on nocturnal display in an abandoned Liverpool building. Photo: courtesy Gazelli Art House, London.
Walter Hugo and Zoniel The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living (2014), jellyfish on nocturnal display in an abandoned Liverpool building. Photo: courtesy Gazelli Art House, London.

British artists Walter Hugo and Zoniel have chosen both an unusual venue and subject matter for their most recent work: A glowing tank full of jellyfish, hidden away in an abandoned building in Liverpool, reports Design Boom.

Each night, the grate covering the tank will gradually rise, revealing 20 illuminated aquatic creatures, floating in a unique, almost otherworldly display. Titled The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living—a parody of Damien Hirst’s famous shark tank sculpture The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living—the piece is hidden away on High Street in Liverpool’s Toxteth neighborhood, but can also be seen in London, thanks to a live video feed displayed on the facade of Dover Street’s Gazelli Art House.

Walter Hugo and Zoniel <em>The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living</em> (2014). Video still from the live stream broadcast of the jellyfish on nocturnal display in an abandoned Liverpool building. Photo: courtesy Gazelli Art House, London.

Walter Hugo and Zoniel The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living (2014). Video still from the live stream broadcast of the jellyfish on nocturnal display in an abandoned Liverpool building.
Photo: courtesy Gazelli Art House, London.

“The enlarged visions of jellyfish can be seen floating through the London night, linking the two cities,” reads the artists’ statement. “If you look closely, you can often see cars go by and observers from street in Toxteth gazing back at you through the installation.” The Gazelli gallery is also presenting a series of photos and other work by Hugo and Zoniel documenting the project’s creation.

Walter Hugo and Zoniel <em>The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living</em> (2014). The live stream broadcast of the jellyfish on nocturnal display in an abandoned Liverpool building projected on London's Gazelli Art House. Photo: courtesy Gazelli Art House, London.

Walter Hugo and Zoniel The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living (2014). The live stream broadcast of the jellyfish on nocturnal display in an abandoned Liverpool building projected on London’s Gazelli Art House.
Photo: courtesy Gazelli Art House, London.

The piece coincides with the Liverpool Biennial (see artnet News report), and will be on view every night starting at 10 p.m., through July 26.


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