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Public Art on Plymouth Hoe

New public art installation in the spot where the Beatles sat

The Magical Mystery Tour and Beatles/David Redfern/Redferns/Getty ImagesA new public artwork on Plymouth Hoe marks the spot where one of the world’s most influential bands sat in the late 1960s. 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.

Photo: Guy Channing Plymouth City Council official launch of public artwork to mark the spot where the Beatles sat on Plymouth Hoe.The copper artwork was created by Thrussell and Thrussell, a duo of artist metalsmiths based on Bodmin Moor. They were ably assisted by top UK tribute band The Fab Beatles, whose bottoms were used to create a set of moulds. The finished piece features a textured design with motifs inspired by the 1960s.

To celebrate the unveiling of our new artwork ‘The Fab Beatles’ performed at a special concert at Plymouth Athenaeum.


This public art project has been delivered by Plymouth City Council in partnership with Plymouth Culture.

Additional events that explore the three different occasions when the Beatles’ visited Plymouth in 1963, 1964 and 1967 will take place in 2016.