New Beatles Statues for Liverpool
Four new statues of the Beatles are to be erected in Liverpool. The Cavern Club is paying for the 8ft tall bronzes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr and donating them to the city of their birth. The work will be installed on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront in December 2015 but people wil got the first glimpse of the statues, sculpted by Andrew Edwards at the annual International Beatleweek convention at the Adelphi hotel last weekend. Two – Lennon and McCartney – have already been cast, and the other two are currently in progerss - in resin and clay. The Cavern’s Bill Heckle said today: “When we saw them for the first time it was really emotional – I thought I was going to cry.
“We just shook our heads. We knew it would be good, but not as good as that.”
There are nearly 30 Beatles statues and monuments all over the globe, from Spain to Cuba, and Ukraine to Kazakhstan. Jon Keats, from the Cavern, added: “We want this to be the ultimate Beatles statue, here in Liverpool.” Claire McColgan, Liverpool’s head of culture, said: “Hats off to the Cavern. They’ve all worked very hard and are giving back to the city that they love.”
The statues were begun as an idea some years ago by Chris Butler of Castle Fine Arts foundry, who was inspired by the giant image of the Fab Four on the front of HMV in Liverpool One. Writing in the Beatleweek festival brochure, he explains: “The concept is a statue that needs no title, no explanation, no instruments, no gimmicks. Simply a moment that changed the world.
“A monument to that moment, when the world was truly shaken.” The Cavern hopes to have the statues in place to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final gig in the city, when the band played at the Empire on December 5 1965.