Liverpool Cathedral receives global recognition

Picture by Gareth Jones

FOLLOWING the success of the Peace Doves installation that attracted more than 150,000 visitors and bringing an estimated £3.5 million to the local economy, Liverpool Cathedral received the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2021 Award.

From May until the end of August 2021, 154,000 people visited the Cathedral to see the artwork, which was created by sculptor and artist Peter Walker. Featuring over 18,000 paper doves, the installation was suspended from the roof of the Cathedral using 18.8 miles of ribbon and accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper.

Liverpool Cathedral is now placed in the top 10% of attractions around the globe on Tripadvisor.

Paul Smith, director of enterprise at Liverpool Cathedral, said: “We were so pleased to be able to offer our visitors this wonderful installation – especially after the very difficult year which everyone has been through.

“Our status as ‘A Great Place to Visit’ is reinforced by your amazing Tripadvisor reviews. Your reviews mean we’ve been awarded the prestigious Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2021.

“Receiving this accolade for a second year is an incredible honour and reinforces our position as one of the top visitor attractions in the city and the top ten in the world. If you have taken the time to visit us or if you’ve shared your experiences after visiting us, thank you.

“I would also like to thank our Cathedral Team as winning this award is made possible by every one of amazing staff and volunteers. Their dedication to providing the best possible encounter for everyone who walks through our doors means that our visitors want to tell others about their experience.”

Peace Doves was a mass participation art project made from thousands of paper doves containing messages of hope, peace and love. Originally planned to open in May 2020, the installation was postponed due to the pandemic.

Last year, people were asked to come to the Cathedral to write their messages on paper doves.

Some of the doves were curated into the artwork and suspended above the Well by internationally renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker. David Harper composed the soundtrack that accompanied the installation.

Around 23,000 doves were sent to local schools so they could be part of the art project too.