MACQUARIE Mall will be stripped of its pop-art fountain and cleared to make way for night-time traffic under radical plans to improve the city centre.
Liverpool Leader reported that the move is a bid by Liverpool Council to lure evening trade.
“The mall is incredibly popular during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down, the area is deserted,” Mayor Ned Mannoun said.
The mall’s popular chess centre is unlikely to escape change — the council conceded only that there would be “a chess set” there.
New paving, street furniture, parking and improved outdoor dining areas are intended to reverse the night-time exodus.
The mall is one of three “priority projects” in the council’s $15 million city redevelopment, expected to start next year.
Other changes will include the removal of the city’s music shell in an overhaul of Bigge Park and new landscaped “gateways” to the city centre.
The fountain was unveiled in 1994 after then-mayor Mark Latham was inspired by a similar installation on a trip to France.
Its removal is set to divide opinion — just as its construction did.
Its eccentric design includes symbols from across Liverpool, such as its centrepiece, the Flying Bull of Saint Luke, taken from the city’s coat of arms.