Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

This week brought inspiration, beyond the fine people I worked with.

I read an essay by Paul Farley about the Tipping Buckets. Officially the Piazza Fountain, they were a regular stop on me and my Dad’s Sunday morning walks around Liverpool City Centre as a child.

I was fascinated by the buckets: tipping, moving, emptying in different rhythms, speeds and directions. Maybe they planted some seeds for my future/current mindset? I watched them in awe, until my Dad nudged me towards the Pier Head for an iced bun and cup of tea.

They were a happy childhood memory, something unique in my unique home city. Then I read more about them and found they were built at the famous Cammell Laird shipyard. The sculptor, Richard Huws, was bored with existing man-made fountains, so he used animation to create ‘the sound & movement of the restless, temperamental sea.’

My perspective of the Tipping Buckets has moved from a childhood memory to an appreciation of creativity, intricate design and an iconic shipyard’s unlikely legacy. It got me thinking how useful changes of perspective have been to me and how, right now, a fresh outlook can help all of us.

Next time you’re in Liverpool, take a look at the Tipping Buckets. You’ll be spellbound, you’ll smile and you may notice your perspective shift!

YouTube clip from LiverPool of Life:

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By Paul Tran

Paul Tran helps people think and do things differently through training, facilitation, coaching writing and music. He enjoys spending time in nature, on beaches and mountains.