Most people passing through Hoylake will miss this sculpture – as it’s located a few yards away from the roundabout in Station Road on the pavement at The Quadrant.
The sculpture is of knots (dumpy, short-legged wading birds) and is by David Annand, who was also commissioned to make the main sculpture on the roundabout. On the stone plinth is a poem that reads:
Here, as they swirl, the birds descry
A loop, that links shore to sky
And in their flight across the sands,
Echo the ropes which roughened hands
Have hauled in years gone by.
But more than this, their outspread wings
Twisting in flight, place complex rings
Weave as they swoop, the greater hole
The knot that binds, whose timeless role
Links past with years to come.
By Elizabeth Daley – a local historian and Chairman of the Hoylake Civic Society (thanks to Jackie Hall for that information).