Cavern Walks has been celebrating the musical legacy of the fab four after unveiling a permanent sculpture in the shopping centre to mark World Beatles Day. Liverpool based artist and singer-songwriter, Mike Badger was commissioned by the boutique shopping centre to produce a themed-sculpture to mark the city’s third annual Beatles Day, taking place on Saturday 10th July 2010.>
Cavern Walks, which is situated at the heart of the Beatles Quarter in Mathew Street, is built on the sight of the original Cavern Club and already houses the only life-size statue of the Beatles standing together in the UK, which continues to be a popular attraction for visitors and tourists.
The sculpture, which is entitled “A Musical Composition”, was unveiled to excited shoppers, Beatles enthusiasts and the press: Mike Badger: “It was a privilege to win the commission to produce a sculpture at Cavern Walks, in celebration of Beatles Day, because it allowed me the opportunity to combine my passions of music and art. “I did not want it to be another memorial to The Beatles – Whilst I think it is great to celebrate the past I don’t think it’s right to dwell in it- the Beatles were revolutionary and so a contemporary sculpture was essential in my view”
This area signifies a lot of importance to me, particularly because I cut my own musical teeth in Mathew Street when I was a teenager with Eric’s being situated just over the road from the original Cavern. . This street meant freedom to me and I saw my first bands here”. He added: “I have made many sculptures from reclaimed and recycled materials and I enjoy allowing the objects themselves to inspire and determine the eventual finished piece. The main parody explored in the sculpture is that you can’t touch music but it can touch you and this is what I hope visitors will enjoy about the finished piece.”
The Beatles-themed sculpture features an assemblage of reclaimed musical instruments associated with famous Beatles hits, including a vintage Zenith guitar donated by Mike himself in honour of Paul McCartney who wrote some of his earliest hits on a similar Zenith guitar of the same era.