John Lennon's sister unveiled a new statue of The Beatles on Liverpool's waterfront on Friday that the sculptor said he hoped would become a landmark where people could "think, meditate & play."
The bronze sculpture was donated by the Cavern Club, where the Beatles were discovered, & marks 50 years since their last public performance in their home city on December 5, 1965.
"I was present at that event & am proud to be at the unveiling," said Julia Baird, the late Beatle's sister.
The statue was based on photographs of the "Fab Four" — Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr & John Lennon — taken in 1963 in a nearby spot.
The idea for the statue, which was created by sculptor Andy Edwards & weighs 1.2 tonnes, came from Chris Butler, managing director of Castle Fine Art Foundry.
"This is a statue that needs no title, no explanation, no instruments, no gimmicks," Butler said.
"It's a monument to a moment & the moment started in Liverpool."
Edwards said that while he was working on the statue on the waterfront "everybody wanted to talk to us — everybody has a Beatles story".
"I think the statue will quickly become a place of ritual. It will be a place to come together, have a think, meditate & play."