Beatles Sculpture for Plymouth Hoe

The public artwork on Plymouth Hoe marks the spot where one of the world’s most influential bands sat in the late 1960s. The copper artwork was created by Thrussell and Thrussell, a duo of artist metalsmiths based on Bodmin Moor.

Photograph of the spot where Beatlebums is situated on the Hoe.Artist: Thrussell and Thrussell
Category: Permanent
Date: 2016
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Plymouth City Council

Project Description

Detail of the 'Beatlebums' bronze casts

The installation was unveiled in November 2016 and is situated where the Beatles posed for a famous photograph on 12 September 1967.

The image, which was taken by music photographer David Redfern (1936-2014), shows ‘The Fab Four’ with an all-white Smeaton’s Tower, the Belvedere and Tinside Lido in the background.

The new artwork enables people to sit in exactly the same positions as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The band had stopped off in Plymouth to pose for photographers while they were making ‘The Magical Mystery Tour’ film.

The artwork is made of a galvanized steel framework, coated in repoussé copper and depicts psychedelic imagery from the 1960’s when the band was at its peak.

Thrussell and Thrussell were ably assisted by top UK tribute band The Fab Beatles, whose bottoms were used to create a set of moulds.

‘The Fab Beatles’ were formed in 1991 and have become one of the most sought after Beatles tribute bands in the world. They were the perfect choice to recreate the shot when the original photograph was used to locate the exact spot where the Beatles sat on their Plymouth visit. To celebrate the unveiling of our new artwork ‘The Fab Beatles’ performed at a special concert at Plymouth Athenaeum.

David Quantick, a music journalist who helped unveil the sculpture stated: “What Plymouth has done is brilliant. It has brought a bit of fun, a bit of affection, a bit of art to the Hoe.”

About the Artist

Thrussell & Thrussell create bespoke public artwork through commissions, aiming to give a sense of ownership to the community where the artwork is situated. Through a long heritage of engineers and metal workers, this father and son collaboration decided to take their family skills to a new, creative level. Inspired by nature and cultural heritage their work can be found nationwide in public spaces, museums and stately homes.

Press links

Read the article featuring the sculpture on Devon Life website. (Accessed 21 February 2018)