The cardboard fireman sculpture by Liam Hopkins of Lazerian has been named Fireman Livermore after the longest burning light bulb in the world which is in Livermore fire station in California and has been running since 1901 which is also when London road fire station in Manchester was designed. Fireman Livermore was created for Art Battle Manchester and Design Manchester which was held in London road fire station in Manchester.
Fireman Livermore took 4 days to create from just cardboard and glue. Liam Hopkins has built a reputation for using cardboard and other eco materials throughout his career and has made furniture, lighting and a huge meeting room for Bloomberg out of Cardboard. His pieces are in permanent art and design collections in galleries and museums such as Moscow design museum, Museo Poldi Pezzoli and Manchester Art gallery. And have been acquired by many art and design collectors around the world. Some people might remember seeing his cardboard furniture on the Channel 4 TV show Four Rooms?
Fireman Livermore is being auctioned off to raise funds for Manchester based children’s charity Wood Street Mission. They help children and families living in Manchester and Salford with everyday items most of us take for granted. All the families they support are affected by poverty. Their mission is to help alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families through practical help. Their vision is that all children in Manchester and Salford should live a life free from poverty. Wood street mission is committed to help achieve this through offering practical help and services to families and supporting them as they try to lift themselves out of poverty. They encourage them to ensure their children engage in education and develop their learning skills so they may live an independent life in their adulthood.
You can bid on Fireman Livermore on ebay here
Photography : Gu Photography