Public Art, Liverpool
There's this cute yellow submarine lying around at the other side of the street of Albert Dock. It's a public art thing and it was built by Cammell Laird apprentices in 1984.
This is what the plaque on the submarine says:
"In the town where I was born.." ...so began the imortal opening lines in the Beatles 1966 song "Yellow Submarine".
The hit record and film inspired fans of all ages - including apprentices at the world famous Cammell Laird Shipbuilding yard, on the River Mersey.
From a design by Graham Burgess, the apprentices built this 20-ton submarine, which is 51 feet long and made from plate metal, for the Liverpool International Garden Festival in 1984.
It was transported across the Mersey to the Festival Garden site at Otterspool where it was one of the main attractions for millions of visitors.
But, in 1997, the Festival site finally closed and the Yellow Submarine was left high and dry.
The tide turned when Liverpool City Council stepped in to rescue the Fab Four's rusting sub and give it a new berth in the city centre. The Yellow Submarine was first taken to a council depot where it was repaired and renovated by New Deal trainees from Liverpool Architecture and Design Trust.
Fully ship-shape, it was re-launched at this site on August 24th. 2000 for a new generation of Beatles fans. "
LATEST NEWS JANUARY 2005: The submarine is gone as the field where it was on is a huge building site. Does anybody know where it is? Is it under water even? ;)
Okay, this has to be one of the most bizarre pieces of "art" ever to grace our streets. I have included this as a "Must See", not because it is such a fantastic piece of art, but more because you have to see it to believe it.
I find it incredible to believe that we paid japanese artist Taro Chiezo £35,000 for this. On the plus side, I suppose it is something that you are certain to remember about Liverpool.
And yes, it is an extremely popular attraction. So much so that you can buy miniature replicas in the gift shops around the city, the Albert Dock in particular.
The idea behind this bright yellow sculpture is to warn of the dangers of meddling with genetics, it being the front end of a sheep (allegedly) and the rear end of a banana.
Superlambanana was painted pink for a while to commemorate breast cancer month, but is once again it's usual shade of yellow.
Who is this Liverpool band ?, and what did they achieve that the Beatles couldn't ?
(answer at the bottom of the page)
In Matthew Street you will find a wall devoted to all the number 1 hit records performed by Liverpool bands. The discs are set into the wall in a series of rows, and there are still quite a few places left to fill before it reaches the floor. Somehow I don't expect 'Gemini' (the crap entry into the Eurovision song contest) to be adding to that number.
The Lambana is one of Liverpool's many monuments, and probably the most controversial. People either love or hate the Lambana, but one thing is for sure - that no-one understands it!
If you haven't guessed by now, it is a Lamb and a Banana merged into one, it's bright yellow and after finishing it's tour of England found it's home on Wapping opposite Liverpool's Albert Dock.
Check it out, it makes a good photo!
No Beatles fan should leave Liverpool without checking out this 51 foot long work of art inspired by the hit Beatles record and film.
This 20 tonne sculpture was built by apprentices at Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead, just across the River Mersey from where it now stands.
The sculpture was designed by Graham Burgess for the International Garden Festival in 1984.
It can now be found at the entrance to Chevasse Park, just across the road from the Albert Dock. Chevasse Park is a large grassy area sometimes used for summer events, and not a bad place to sit down with a picnic on a nice day.
On our dash back to the carpark we passed two other fine pieces of public art. The first was this - The Yellow Submarine. I saw this many years ago at The Liverpool garden Festival and here it is now, beside the dual carriageway that cuts the city off from the waterfront.
On our way from the Anglican to the Catholic cathedral we passed this piece of public art. It's one of the nicest that I've seen. Entitled "A Case History" it is a jumble of cases bearing the names and destinations of a variety of people, including of course The Beatles.
This lamb at the front and banana at the back sculpture designed by Taro Chiezo in 1998 has become Liverpools most hated and most loved public monument. It aims to warn of the perils of genetic engineering meddling.More interesting however the building behind the sculpture was Joseph Lamb and Sons, a marine outfitters. This building, like many others in the area, is changing in use as the docks are redeveloped so perhaps there is also represents urban change?
There are many nice pieces of public art in Liverpool. One of my favourite ones is "A case history" in Hope Street. It is designed by John King and it shows 27 suitcases and bags - all with luggage tags with the names of famous Liverpudlians. It's really interesting to have a close look and find out about all the famous people from Liverpool.
Another piece of public art in Liverpool is Superlambanana opposite Albert Dock. The strange sculture, that is meant to warn of the dangers of genetic engineering, was designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo.
If you come unstuck with locating the famous luggage a plan of the sculpture indicates the names and the links they have with Liverpool.
On these guitar cases - no prizes for guessing that was Paul McCartney.
This unusual site sculpture, created by John King in 1998 and commisioned by the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts with funding from the Natrional lottery, can be found near the cathedrals of Liverpool.
Unveiled by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll on the 26th September 1906 this big memorial reminds us of good old queen Vic. How could we ever forget her? Dozens of graffiti show what today’s Britons think about their glorious past.
It's already dressed for 2008, when Liverpool will be the European capital of Culture. Think it fits it/him/her very good.
To all the lonely people. Eleanor Rigby sits alone, maybe feeding the pigeons, on a bench just off Matthew Street.