Liverpool Biennial

Among the many artworks in the Liverpool Biennial is this weird thing.

OK, I lied, this isn't the beloved time-jumping Doctor's "TARDIS" device. It's an elevator.

And it's not crash-landing, but "bursting through the pristine and seductive shopping district of Liverpool One," according to the website of the artist who created it, Oded Hirsch.

But how great would it be if, every so often, the door would roll open and let out a dapper, bow tie-wearing gent who calmly strode away? Perhaps the organizers of the Liverpool Biennial, the U.K.'s largest international contemporary arts festival, can look into making that happen before the 10-week shindig wraps things up.

"The Lift," as this stop-you-where-you-stand artwork is titled, is part of the Biennial's "Unexpected Guest" exhibit, a collection of pieces that explore the theme of "hospitality." Not sure exactly how "The Lift" fits in there. Maybe it's meant to be an underground hotel elevator subjected to an abrupt power surge that sent it crashing through the roof? The fest's organizers hint that could be the case, writing, "The Lift immediately interferes with how the space is usually moved through, and points disconcertingly to the possibility of an unknown, subterranean place."

The stricken elevator will remain on its rubble pile until November 25. Check it out if you're in Liverpool; also worth trekking to is Dan Graham's celebration of voyeurism, "Two Way Mirror Cylinder," and Elmgreen and Dragset's hilarious bouncer-guarded nightclub door that never opens, called "But I'm On the Guest List Too!"

Photos courtesy of the Liverpool Biennial.

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