The John Lennon Peace & Harmony Memorial was unveiled on Saturday in Chavasse Park, which is usually referred to as Liverpool One these days.
Julian and Cynthia Lennon were on hand to join in on a rendition of Give Peace A Chance while they took the covers off the peace memorial, which has been designed as somewhere for Beatles fans to pay tribute to the late Lennon.
The memorial itself, being dedicated to a dead legend and a memorial to peace, is kind of fire-proofed from any criticism. But having said that it’s not exactly subtle.
Designed by American artists Lauren Voiers (why not a Liverpool artist?), it comprises a huge globe wrapped in a guitar, saxophone, keyboard and stave. Above it are a pair of hands releasing doves into the sky, one of which has a white feather in its beak.
It is, in my opinion, quite hideous; a kind of ‘throw everything at the wall’ effort that doesn’t really say anything about Lennon or peace except in the most literal way imaginable. A gaudy Wal-Mart, MacDonalds or X-Factor kind of monument.
But, there you go, art is nothing is not subjective; no doubt many will love it. And Julian and Cynthia Lennon, who always seem to conduct themselves with dignity, seemed to approve.
For his part Pete Best – one of about 20 different ‘fifth Beatles’ – reckoned Lennon would be ‘bemused’ by it.
• Thanks to Dave The Pap for the images