AN art student has revealed the story behind a display of concrete blocks which has puzzled visitors to Hamilton Square.
The 16 black cubes, which have been on a grassed area in the historic Birkenhead square since November 21, are a piece of conceptual art created by Stephen Sheehan, from Beechwood.
The first year fine art student at Wirral Met College says the piece is to break up “the structure and routine within our environment”. It is the first time Wirral Council has given permission for public art in the Square.
The 25-year-old’s display – called 16 Concrete Blocks – are 8in in size and 6ft apart – representing Mr Sheehan’s date of birth and the day his “structured life” began – June 16, 1986. His tutors will assess the piece this week as part of his first major assignment on the subject of environment.
Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “We were happy to support this young artist by providing space in Hamilton Square.
“Whether you are a fan of public art or not, there is no doubt that it provides a talking point. We are sure Stephen’s work will be an interesting conversation starter for people visiting Birkenhead.”
The cubes will remain in place until December 5.