Bower of Bliss (2021) is a major new public commission by British artist Linder situated in the heart of Liverpool ONE shopping centre. The title references the ‘bower’ as a womb, a place of safety and a place to rest, a garden sanctuary which brings nature into the centre of the city with a lush floral backdrop rich in blossoming life, aiming to capture the spirit and the joyous moment of the city reopening after the lockdown. The new photomontage work is inspired by the act of transformation and the daily life of women in Liverpool throughout history. Drawing from Liverpool’s rich archives and her own archive of images, Linder creates a landscape for safety and pleasure. The mural is a site of engagement that considers the way the cityscape becomes a background in people’s lives. Passers-by can look at the mural or interact with it, taking a photo or a selfie with or of the mural will become a shared memory for many, a way of connecting.
Passers-by can interact with the mural by taking a photo or a selfie – share yours online using #BlowerofBliss and check back to watch as the mural changes over the festival dates.