I'm an arty-farty, liberal kind of chap, which is why I've been very pleased to see that one of the lasting legacies of the City of Culture is Merseytravel's ongoing commitment to public art. Last year, they had the Art on the Network competition, and the good news is: it's back for 2010!
Yup, you have the opportunity to design a piece of art to be placed somewhere on the Merseytravel network. To celebrate Merseytravel have launched an Art on the Network website, which not only gives details of the competition, but also shows some of the other pieces that have already been commissioned over the past few years. (Be warned, the website uses Silverlight, and caused my Mac to have a small hissy fit).
If there are any artists reading this, please, please come up with something and enter. The full details can be found here. It's open to anyone from Merseyside who's over 16, and it will be judged by Singh Twins, whose work I've admired for years. This kind of commission is just one of those details that enrich and enhance the lives of everyday people - they're not much, but they just put a smile on your face. If I had any artistic talent, I'd be doing it myself.
I'd especially like it if someone from the Wirral or St Helens entered, since those two boroughs shamefully couldn't scrape up any decent entries for last time. Come on! Pull out those pens and paper and get on with it!