Beatles statue makeover in Liverpool is slammed by fans – ‘Looks ridiculous!’

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As part of an arts project with Sky Arts and Culture Liverpool, the city’s Beatles statues have been temporarily redressed. Gifted to Liverpool by The Cavern Club in 2015, the statues have become part of the city’s many tourist attractions.

Located on the waterfront, the Beatles statues have been redressed by famous milliner Stephen Jones OBE to “challenge and celebrate the role of these statues in modern times.”

The statues’ redress was inspired by Yellow Submarine for Sir Ringo Starr, Penny Lane for Sir Paul McCartney, Help! for John Lennon and Here Comes The Sun for George Harrison.

Sharing the statues’ new look to social media, Cavern Club Liverpool asked its followers what they thought of the makeover.

The responses may not have been what they expected.

One fan commented: “Useless ‘art’. Remove as quickly as possible!”

Another only had two words: “Absolutely ridiculous.”

Showing concerns for tourists, this fan had this to say: “There are thousands of Beatles fans around the world who would travel to Liverpool from miles and miles away. It is almost a once in a lifetime trip, they spend a lot of money as they can’t visit Liverpool as often as we do. Imagine finding the statues like that… Disrespectful.”

This fan thought the Fab Four deserved more: “No better than students sticking road cones on them! Puerile nonsense, have some respect!”

While this commenter had no time for the art: “Get that crap off those statues, looks ridiculous.”

Another fan had one very important question: “How the hell has that been allowed to happen???? Makes NO SENSE at all.”

While this fan thought it had to be a joke: “This has got to be a wind up. Absolute disgrace.”

This commenter understood what the artist tried to do: “Penny Lane, Here Comes The Sun, Yellow Submarine, Help… I understand it please but don’t vandalise these iconic statues and artworks with those trashy baubles.”

This fan felt the shame: “I’m honestly second hand embarrassed for whoever thought this was a better idea than showing their faces.”

Another fan tried to find reasons behind the makeover: “If Liverpool hadn’t lost its UNESCO title it certainly would with this load of crap. It may be only a temporary but what an eyesore. Remove them immediately!”

And of course, memes were also used, including one of Paul McCartney saying “no.”

However, one fan thought the most ridiculous thing was the backlash, writing: “I really find curious how Beatles fans are completely different from their idols. The Beatles were irreverent, anti-establishment, full of jokes and lovers of the psychedelic art. You are “preserving” a legacy that The Beatles themselves would never care and probably find extremely funny. Paul and John came from Liverpool Art School…”

Liverpool has the largest collection of statues in the UK, apart from London.

The arts project will also get a documentary, Statues Redressed, airing on Sky Arts and NOW in October.
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