A 5KM-high column of cloud will be projected over the River Mersey as a specially-commissioned artwork created for the London 2012 Games.
The unusual sculpture will rise out of the water at Birkenheadís disused Morpeth dock and be visible for up to 100km.
New York-based artist Anthony McCall has been awarded a £500,000 grant to create the work, which will be put in place in time for the Olympic opening ceremony.
It is one of 12 commissions aimed at involving the British regions in the international event.
Tony Hall, chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board, said: "I think itís wonderful to see such a diverse range of creativity across the winning 12 commissions, reflecting the different characteristics of different parts of the UK.
"This is a real opportunity to show the world the breadth of talent and creativity there is in the UK across all art forms."
The Arts Councils of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales joined forces to launch the £5.4 million project competition with London 2012 in March THE DAILY POST