Statue seeks peace setting

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Sep 2019 Statue seeks peace setting

THE FUTURE of the statue of John Lennon, currently wowing the crowds at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall was in question when the exhibition finished at the end of August.

The life-size bronze statue – also displayed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – shows Lennon leaning on the CND sign with the word ‘Imagine’ on the side. It was created by internationally-known sculptor Laura Lian.

Inspiration for the project came from John and Yoko’s 1960’s peace mission, with Lian’s intention being to spread their peace message among a new generation. The 180cm high bronze was originally heading for Strawberry Fields, but a change of plans left it without a permanent home.

Laura Lian said: “When I heard the news, I decided to take a chance and keep working on it as the clay was almost finished and then to self-fund it. I’m now thinking of putting the statue up for auction, so it’s anyone’s guess where it may end up. Ideally I would like it in a beautiful public gardens setting, either in Liverpool or London, where it will continue to be accessible for everyone.”

John Lennon Peace Statue with sculptor Laura Lian

December is the 50th anniversary of the Lennons’ ‘War Is Over’ campaign which targeted 11 major cities across the world with massive billboard posters, as well as ads in newspapers and on the radio, saying: ‘War is over! If you want it. Happy Christmas, from John and Yoko.’

A graduate of the Chelsea School of Art, Laura Lian’s work is internationally sought after by corporate, public and private collectors and has sold in the primary market at Christie’s. Her portfolio includes sculptures of contemporary icons such as David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, the band U2, (signed by the members), The Band, The Eagles, the Queen Mother and Tony Benn. Collectors of her work include Bernie Ecclestone, Sharon Osbourne and Bill Wyman.

Prominent supporters of the John Lennon Peace Statue include Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, who described it as: “A beautiful piece of art that will help us in our campaign to promote a more peaceful world.”

Lennon’s sister Julia Baird said: “Unlike other statues, this creation puts to the forefront John’s strong fight and never-ending desire for peace in the world. This is a concept needed just as much, if not more, today as when John was alive.”

More details about the John Lennon Peace Statue are available at www.lauralian.co.uk or on 07989 880149. Crowd-funding page for the project is at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/johnlennonpeacestatuetravels
Proceeds after costs go to the charity www.warchild.org.uk