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16th April, 2019

Come Together: Abbey Road in Liverpool

In 2019, the world celebrates 50 years of yet another iconic Beatles album, and to mark the occasion the award-winning Royal Albert Dock based 'The Beatles Story' has teamed up with Liverpool’s top street artist to create a very special mural for the public to enjoy.

The Abbey Road album, which was released on 26 September 1969, was the band’s last to be recorded and features hit songs such as ‘Come Together’, ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’. Perhaps what is most significant about the album is its cover artwork, depicting the four Beatles crossing Abbey Road outside of the London-based EMI studios where they recorded most of their songs.

 

The album cover is recognised all around the world as one of music’s best-ever, and now people can ‘Come Together’ and become part of it, not in London, but on the streets of the band’s hometown in Liverpool. The new artwork can be found on Grafton Street, on the outside wall to the increasingly popular Cain’s Brewery Village.

 

 

The interactive artwork is inspired by the album’s cover and depicts the scene of the famous London-based zebra crossing used by the band. Members of the public are encouraged to stand in front of the mural to recreate the famous crossing scene and to share their photographs online via social media.

 

 

The cast of Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles posed for photographs in front of the new mural, in their full Abbey Road costumes. The acclaimed theatre show returns to the UK on 23rd April and has been updated to feature an all-new ‘Let It Be Part II’ reunion concert, giving fans a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four could have ‘Come Together’ once again to perform – and is not to be missed.

 

 

Paul Curtis is perhaps best known for his ‘For All Liverpool’s Liver Birds’ street art unveiled in late 2017. His representation of the Liverbird wings has been enthusiastically received by locals and visitors to the city alike, including recently Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

 

 

He said about the project: “I have been a fan of the Beatles ever since I made a tape of my Dad’s White album when I was 14. It made a massive impression – I went out and bought a guitar and joined a band soon after. The Beatles have been important to me ever since. So, when The Beatles Story called me and tabled the idea for this mural, I was fully on board! In some ways it is unusual in that without the Beatles, it is simply a suburban street scene, but it is so iconic that people recognise it from just some tarmac, trees and a couple of cars.

 

“I enjoyed painting this – it was a real lesson in single vanishing point perspective! Another thing that is unusual is that the picture is taken under the midday sun, this means there is no shadow direction, but I tried to capture the vertical shadows of the trees and the dark shaded areas below them. I had to be bold with the black paint, but I hope it has turned out well.

 

 

“I hope that people enjoy the new work and becoming The Beatles themselves. I look forward to seeing all the photos of people just having fun with the backdrop. In that sense, it is similar to ‘For all Liverpool's Liverbirds’, the main point is that people enjoy it and that it brightens their day!”

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