The hidden secrets in Liverpool’s Beatles Statue

The Beatles Statue is an iconic tribute to Liverpool’s most famous band.

It was unveiled in 2015 after the Cavern Club owners had felt there was no one place Beatles fans could gather in celebration of the band.

Beatles Statue Front

Located on the renovated Pier Head, the Beatles statue stands between the ‘Three Graces’ (The Liver building and two others) and the beautiful, modern, Mersey Ferries building.

Located in the newly renovated Pier Head, the ‘fab four’ are dressed in the style around the time of ‘Hard Days Night.’

If you look closely, each one of the band has a small detail personal to their history.

Paul McCartney carries a camera, possibly in a nod to his relationship with Linda Eastman, of the Eastman Kodak film company.

John Lennon has two acorns in his cupped hand. In June of 1968, Yoko Ono and John Lennon planted two acorns in the garden of Coventry Cathedral, England. The seeds, they said, represented their wish for world peace. After marrying in 1969, the couple sent a pair of acorns to leaders across the world asking that the “living sculptures” be planted as a symbol of world peace.

Ringo Starr has the number ‘8’ printed on the sole of his boot. (it is there, I have seen it!) The ‘8’ references L8, his childhood Postcode in Liverpool.

George Harrison has Sanskrit writing on the belt of his coat. Despite extensive Googling, I’m still not sure what it means.

Beatles Statue Back

The statue of the Beatles is slightly bigger than real life and has beautiful movement. In the morning the sun is on their backs making it harder to get the right photo, but as the sun sets across the Mersey, the band are bathed in light.

The statue was the meeting point for a Beatles Walk I took at the weekend. The 90-minute guide explained those finer points about the statue (which I had not read elsewhere) before taking us on a short pilgrimage to iconic locations in the city’s Beatles history. I highly recommend If you want to get a sense of the commercial and cultural history of the city.

The iconic ‘Fab Four’ is not the only Beatles Statue in Liverpool but it may be the best.

In Matthews Street, home of the legendary Cavern Club you can see an almost life size statue of John Lennon, leaning against the wall. (map link)

John Lennon Beatles Statue

Two minutes up the road on Stanley Street, you can also find a statue to Eleanor Rigby.

Eleanor Rigby Beatles Statue

 

The bronze statue casts a lady sitting on a stone bench. She has a  handbag on her lap, a shopping bag on her right, and a copy of the newspaper the Liverpool Echo on her left.

The plaque behind states,

ELEANOR RIGBY

DEDICATED TO

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE…”

This statue was sculpted and donated to the City of Liverpool

by Tommy Steele as a tribute to the Beatles.

The casting was sponsored by the Liverpool Echo.

DECEMBER 1982


 

Read more about the Beatles statue here:

The Beatles Statue – a Fab new tribute at Pier Head

The Story behind the Sculpture

See Also: 24 hours in Liverpool

Jamie Neil

Jamie is the creator of Wine Travel and Song. You can find him on a plane, listening to music whilst playing with the latest gadget,

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