Answered By: Robert Cole
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2017     Views: 159

Adagio is a 30ft kinetic sculpture created by the silversmith Marianne ForrestThe sculpture is displayed in the Harold Cohen Library Silent Study Room, and is switched on every Friday between 16:00 and 16:30.

Please note that it is not switched on during the January and May examination periods. We recommend that you contact the Library prior to making a special visit to see it.  

Adagio is located in the Harold Cohen Library in the large first floor Silent Study Room.


The Adagio Sculpture was commissioned by the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and installed directly onto the back of the main stage in 1995. When the refurbishment of the Philharmonic Hall was completed in 2014, the decision was made not to re-install the sculpture.

Emeritus Professor Peter Goodhew successfully campaigned for the re-installation of the Adagio at the University of Liverpool. This was a challenge since the piece is 9.2 metres across and weighs more than 150 kilos. The sculpture is made of aluminium, glass, reinforced plastic, copper and silver leaf.

The central horizontal wave form moves slowly and serenely creating a gentle rocking and swirling action. Its movement is controlled by the lighting levels.

Observers have noted that they can see the profile of a face, a horse and waves in the sculpture.

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