An artist who designed a John Lennon Peace statue has made a desperate bid to keep the sculpture in Liverpool, where it belongs.
The 180cm high figure is currently enjoying a month-long stint in St George’s Hall after appearing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. But the bronze artwork is due to leave at the end of September, and its creator Laura Lian is determined for it to stay in John’s hometown.
The 67-year-old said: “I want it to stay here. I’ve had messages on my Facebook from people saying what a shame it is and asking me why it’s going. “If the people of Liverpool will take it I want it to stay. It’s meant to stay here and it’s where it belongs.”
Lifelong Beatles fan Ms Lian, who has also created statues of fellow music legends U2 and Ella Fitzgerald, said she would love for the sculpture to go in Strawberry Fields.
Her inspiration for creating the work came to her after she said she was inspired by John and Yoko’s message of peace, and she said the Liverpool landmark would be the perfect place for the artwork to be.
John’s sister, Julia Baird, also praised the statue. She 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 that is needed just as much if not more today as when John was alive.”
Ms Lian, who lives in Wells, Somerset, said she “loves” visiting the city and the reaction to the statue was fantastic.
She said: “It was fantastic. I love Liverpool so much because whenever I come I’m always excited. The reaction was just fantastic, people responded very well to it.
“I would always ask Liverpudlians and people taking selfies with it if it looked like him – it was so important to me that people from here liked it.”
Ms Lian said the process to create the statue, which took more than 10 months, was largely self-funded and had benefited from a Crowdfunding campaign.
But Ms Lian said no one has come forward to purchase the statue so far. She said she is planning to auction it in the near future.