Liverpool Skyladders

Yoko Ono, 2008

WAG 2012.9

About this object

© Yoko Ono

Liverpool Skyladders featured in the 2008 Liverpool Biennial. It was shown outdoors, in the bombed-out remains of St Luke’s Church. The ladders were donated by members of the public; the piece grew as they arrived. Each ladder has a handwritten note and message from its contributor. Liverpool Skyladders derives from SKY EVENT, a 1968 performance artwork by Yoko Ono dedicated to John Lennon (1940 - 1980). The artist says: “The ladder takes you a bit closer to the sky.”

Liverpool Skyladders was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial for the International 08 section of the 2008 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Yoko Ono (Japanese, born:1933-02-18, died:unknown)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Mixed media; Wood; Aluminium; Laminated paper; Canvas
  • Measurements
  • Physical description
    Room-sized installation artwork (that can be set out in a variable size) comprising 28 step-ladders in wood, aluminium and glass (one of the latter), each with its own 'luggage tag'. Some of the ladders have inscriptions on them. Also, 5 hand-painted canvases with accompanying tags, two framed Skyladders text-pieces (one large, one small) and a book-type document with laminated photographs of ladders.
  • Related people
    Yoko Ono (Artist, artist/maker, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    previous number: FADB 2009.8
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the artist in 2009
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Yoko Ono

    Owned from: 2008
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 2009
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
Object view = Fine Art
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