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Pardo, Jorge (1963)
Movement: Relational Art
Museum: No info
Penelope by Jorge Pardo was commissioned as part of Liverpool Biennial 2002 and unlike most Biennial exhibits is now a permanent feature in Wolstenholme Square in Liverpool City Centre.
Penelope refers to Homerâ€™s Odyssey in which Ulyssesâ€™ wife faithfully awaited her lost husbandâ€™s return from the Trojan War. The story of Penelope speaks directly to Liverpoolâ€™s history as a port. Penelope continued to put off her numerous suitors by saying she had to finish weaving a robe and unravelling the dayâ€™s work each night. So the story is both about conjugal faithfulness and about pursuit and thwarted desire, appropriate to the sculptureâ€™s location in a square swarming with crowds of revellers at night. The swirling and lively lines in space echo Penelopeâ€™s weaving and unravelling as well as providing a powerful visualisation of the rhythmic interweaving of sound to create music. Finally, the twisting steel stems are a reminder that the Rope Walks area takes its name from the process of plaiting shipsâ€™ ropes by laying them out in the street.
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