The ballad of RAY + JULIE part 1
|In August 1995, Alan Dunn and Brigitte Jurack responded to a request for proposals relating to the above site on London Road in Liverpool. The challenge was to produce a sculpture which lasted six months and reflected the concerns of the Furniture Resource Centre (the building on the left) - namely the provision of cheaper furniture for those in need. In this gap in the street which resembled a broken tooth, the most existing thing was the 'RAY + JULIE' graffiti on the back wall.
|Two metal chairs were proposed - RAY + JULIE. Perhaps the couple once lived here. Their accommodation had been demolished and all that remained were two invisible figures, sitting opposite each other. Simple. On November 1st 1995, RAY + JULIE emerged from a garage off Little St. Bride Street where they had been fabricated by local architect-artist Andrew Brooks.
|Fresh concrete was poured around RAY + JULIE. The two artists stood on RAY + JULIE as the cement dried. With long poles in their hands, they rotated and dragged the poles along the ground, rippling the surface. RAY + JULIE sinking. RAY + JULIE rising.
|Eight months later, July 1996, and RAY + JULIE remain in place. In tribute, Dunn and Jurack presented 'RAY + JULIE LOOK OUT!!' at The Three Month Gallery on Berry Street. Devised as the alternative story, forty smaller chairs underwent everything life could through at them, from cradle to grave, isolation to community, order to chaos...