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La Princess Progress Details September 4, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Arena & Convention Centre, Capital of Culture 2008, Culture, Events, Liverpool.
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Well we’ve all had a good look at her now. Whilst some people have commented here that spiders aren’t their favourite creatures, it has to be admitted that La Princess is pretty spectacular. I mean, how often do we get to see a giant steampunk mechanical spider hanging off one the city centre’s ugliest buildings? Never, I say!

So, in keeping with the growing La Machine obsession, here’s a list of what she will be up to over the coming weekend. It’s accurate as far as we know, but if we hear of any changes we’ll let you know.

Thursday 4th September

11.30h The creature is craned off Concourse Tower.
12.30h The convoy carries the creature and sets off for the Research base at ACC.
13.00h The convoy arrives at the Research Base.

Friday 5th September

11.30h The scientists perform experiments on the creature using different special effects to see how it responds to different stimuli. The creature wakes up and is prevented from running away by a wall of Chinese firecrackers and by a fire effect. Eventually the creature is sent to sleep by a snow machine.
18.00h The creature wakes and parades to Salthouse Dock.
19.30h The creature arrives at the Dock and takes a bath, accompanied by live music. After her bath, she is dried and perfumed.
20.30h The creature sets off for Cunard Building.
21.00h The creature arrives at Cunard Building. It begins to snow gently and she falls asleep.

Saturday 6th September
11.30h The creature wakes up in the middle of a magical snowscape, and is serenaded with music.
12.30h The creature goes to sleep again.
14.45h The creature leaves Cunard Building and walks up Water Street.
15.30h The creature arrives at Town Hall – smoke effect.
15.40h The creature walks towards Derby Square along Castle Street.
16.00h Water ballet at Derby Square.
16.15h The creature walks down Lord Street to Holy Corner where it is snowing.
17.00h The creature sleeps.
18.30h The creature wakes and walks down Parker Street, serenaded on the way.
20.00h A tempest rages at Ranelagh Place.
20.30h The creature arrives at Concourse Tower, climbs up the tower and goes to sleep.

Sunday 7th September

15.00h The creature wakes up and is prepared for the evening’s entertainment.
16.00h The creature goes back to sleep.
19.30h Cherry-pickers and musicians arrive.
20.00h The creature is removed from the tower with a crane.
20.30h The convoy leaves the tower and parades to Queensway Tunnel entrance.
21.15h The creature tries to escape, but is prevented from doing so by the special effect machines.
21.30h Finale at Queensway tunnel.

Sounds like she’ll be having a nice time!

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1. Timothy Davies - September 4, 2008

La Princess is a wonderfully crafted creation, was able to appreciate the detail and scale tonight at the ‘Research Center’

We are about to experience something exceptional.

You refer to Concourse House as one of the city’s ugliest buildings. I must take exception. Concourse House is actually quite an interesting building of its type; the banded oriel windows and the geometry of the columns at ground level are nice features. The concourse adjacent to Lime Street Station is the ugly bit (doesn’t work) and deserves to be demolished.

It is interesting to consider that La Machine employs reclaimed timber. Similarly, the tower should be recycled, given a make over and go on to make a valuable addition to the urban fabric of the city centre, not replaced with bland, low grade architecture without character and identity.

2. liverpoolchamber - September 5, 2008

Apologies for any offence caused! Although the majesty of the Concourse building has always been lost on me!


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