Unveiled at the Pier Head, on Liverpool’s famous waterfront in 2015 is a new Beatles statue created by Andrew Edwards. The statue has very quickly become a landmark and one of the “must see” pieces of art. Although extremely popular most people miss the symbolism incorporated into the statue.
The first thing to notice is that the arrangement of the piece is similar to how they usually appeared on stage.
Paul McCartney and George Harrison on the left sharing a microphone, John Lennon on the right and Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) at the back.
The only hands visible are Paul’s left and John’s right, the ones they used to play their guitars. No idea on how George and Ringo managed to play !
Now lets look closer at the individual Beatles, starting with Paul McCartney.
You will see he is holding a camera and camera bag. This is in remembrance to his wife Linda McCartney, who died in April 1998. She was an accomplished and well respected photographer.
Next up is George Harrison whose belt has been engraved with a mantra revealing his deep interest in Indian spirituality, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
To see Ringo Starr’s inscription you have to get back onto your hands and knees.
You should be able to see that “L8” has been inscribed onto the sole of the shoe which relates to 9 Madryn St, Liverpool 8 where he once lived.
Finally John Lennon.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono would regularly send acorns to world leaders as symbols of peace. The acorns John Lennon is holding were picked up from outside the Dakota building in New York, where he was murdered in December 1980.
“50 acorns tied in a sack”
The above line is from “The Ballad of John and Yoko” and refers to the planting of two acorns in 1968 at Coventry Cathedral. John and Yoko stated that “they represented their wish for world peace.”
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