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Future Flower, Widnes, by Tonkin Liu

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA + PLANS] London-based Tonkin Liu has completed this 14m-tall metallic flower on the banks of the River Mersey in Widnes

The competition-winning, wind-powered sculpture, which glows red when winds exceed 5mph, is part of the wider Widnes Waterfront ‘environmental uplift’ and public art programme.

According to the practice the Future Flower is ‘constructed out of triangles and pentagons’ with 120 perforate galvanised mild-steel petals attached to a steel icosi-dodecahedron structural frame.

Within the flower, ‘a central stalk with branches’ holds 60 low voltage LED lights.


Future Flower by Tonkin Liu - elevation

Future Flower by Tonkin Liu - elevation

Project Data

Client: Widnes Waterfront EDZ Programme, Halton Borough Council
Funders: North West Development Agency under Waterfront Regeneration Programme
Architects: Tonkin Liu Design Team: Mike Tonkin, Anna Liu, Neil Charlton, Suk Kyu Hong, Cristiano Billia
Structural Engineers: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Sustainability Engineers: XCO2 Energy
Electrical Engineers: Silent Power Systems
Fabricators: Mike Smith Studio
Sustainability Engineers: XCO2 Energy
Groundworks: Cheetham Hill Construction Limited

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