Statues we redressed
Princes Avenue, Toxteth
John Gibson, 1847
Redressed by: Harold Offeh
Artist Harold Offeh has made a sound piece telling the story of an event that took place nearly forty years ago – the toppling of the statue of William Huskisson. The statue was toppled by a group of activists offended by Huskisson’s support for slavery. Harold has recorded the testimony of one of the people there on the night it happened, Stephen Nze. Stephen’s story can now be heard by anyone visiting the plinth.
St Georges Hall Plateau
Thomas Thornycroft, 1869
Redressed by Peter Carney, Paula Johnson, Carmel Gittens and Emma Norbury
Peter Carney – known for the banners he makes for the Kop at Anfield – has transformed the equestrian statue of Queen Victoria, by dressing her in the colours worn by Rachael Blackmore, the first female jockey to win the Grand National. By creating his work on the statue of one of the most powerful women in British history, and her horse, Peter wants to celebrate Rachael’s triumph and pay tribute to the 19 previous female riders in the race, who helped pave the way for her success. Their names and Rachael's portraits are painted on the banners by Emma Norbury and the dress fabricated by Paula Johnson.
Tom Murphy, 1997
Redressed by Nadia Atique
Designer Nadia Atique is a lifelong fan of Liverpool FC. A rising star in the world of fashion, her Graduate Fashion Week show - a collection inspired by the colours and styles of the club kit - was featured in Vogue. For Statues Redressed, she’s created a piece for the legendary manager Bill Shankly, who transformed the fortunes of Liverpool FC during his 15 years at the club. As a sign of her appreciation for all that he achieved, she’s made him a cape fit for a superhero.
Tommy Steele, 1982
Redressed by: Taya Hughes
Fashion designer Taya Hughes has made a dress celebrating love, not loneliness, for the statue of Eleanor Rigby in Stanley Street. Eleanor’s outfit is made from recycled wedding dresses – fabric already imbued with love, as the dresses were originally worn on such happy days. Her piece is about Liverpool itself – with the letters LOVE sewn on in the red and blue colours of the football teams. Taya was very touched by the warm welcome she received when she first moved to Liverpool, so the piece is a reflection on the friendly nature of the city, and a reminder that we should reach out to ‘all the lonely people’, at a time when loneliness has been on the rise.
George Frampton, 1928
Redressed by: Mary Lamb
Costume designer Mary Lamb and a group of young children celebrate the magic of the Peter Pan statue in Sefton Park, an exact replica of the original in Kensington Gardens, London.
With the children dressed in fantastical outfits, and a new hat for Peter, Mary Lamb's redressing of the statue explores the storytelling in the sculpture, and the fact that it was commissioned in 1928 as a gift for the children of Liverpool.
Thanks to Open Culture for their help in staging the Peter Pan spectacle!
Andy Edwards, 2015
Redressed by: Stephen Jones
Celebrated milliner Stephen Jones OBE - who grew up in Liverpool - has created spectacular hats for the iconic statue of The Beatles, each inspired by a different Beatles song - Yellow Submarine for Ringo; Penny Lane for Paul; Help for John; and Here Comes The Sun for George.
Queen Victoria Monument
CJ Allen, 1906
Redressed by: Karen Arthur & Laurence Westgaph
Fashion Creative Karen Arthur collaborated with historian Laurence Westgaph, to create a stunning cotton and hessian dress for the Queen Victoria monument inspired by Gone With The Wind.
During Victoria’s reign, cotton played a crucial role in Liverpool’s trading activities, and the wider economic success of Britain, but up until the American Civil War in the 1860s, this cotton was being picked by enslaved people in the United States - as depicted in the film.
The upcycled hessian transported goods from the African continent which added to Britain's wealth. This satin patchwork cloak pays homage to a handmade quilt gifted to Queen Victoria by Martha Ricks, a black woman who travelled from Liberia especially to meet her idol.
This piece reflects on Liverpool’s complicity with slavery, and how Queen Victoria and Britain were beneficiaries of that as recently as 150 years ago.
Thomas Brock, 1904
St Johns Gardens
Redressed by: Larry Achiampong
Larry Achiampong has redressed this giant bronze statue of Gladstone by wrapping a pan-African flag tightly around his body. The flag features 54 stars that represent the 54 countries of Africa, and its green, black and red colours reflect, respectively, its land, its people and the struggles the continent has