Byline: CHRIS BROWN
THEY may look like something out of a science fiction film,but these are the latest works of art set to grace Liverpool city centre.
Designed by flamboyant Cuban-born sculptorJorge Pardo, the twisting steel stalks are topped by illuminated mushroom-shaped spheres which will surround his creation at Wolstenhome Square.
Standing 10 metres high, they are intended to bathe in light the centre piece attraction,called Penelope, which will be unveiled by the Liverpool Rope Walks Partnership.
Commissioned by Tate Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2002,Penelope will be Pardo's largest permanent piece of outdoor sculpture to date.
And it will undoubtedly become a major attraction in the city in the run-up toCapital of Culture year in 2008.
Cllr Beatrice Fraenkel,chair of the Liverpool Rope Walks Partnership, said of the whole design: ``We will be extremely proud to present the people of Liverpool with this stunning creation and hope that everyone will enjoy it.
``To have an acclaimed artist like Jorge Pardo create a sculpture of this stature is a major coup for the city and will elevate our status in the world of art and culture. Art is an enhancement to life and we hope Penelope will put a smile on people's faces.