Bronze Thieves Steal Sgt Pepper Artist’s Only Public Sculpture

Sir Peter Blake and Life As A Circus

Times are hard in Blackpool, Lancashire. So hard, in fact, that some enterprising thieves have made off with the top half of a bronze statue by Sir Peter Blake, the artist who designed the cover for the Beatles album “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” among many other things.

Life As A Circus was created in 2004. It’s two similar statues, depicting four figures, standing on each other’s shoulders in a big tower (or standing on shapes, carried by the person below), all balanced on a horse’s back. Sadly, the thieves attacked one of the pair, making off with three of the figures and leaving just one solitary acrobat and his (probably relieved) steed.

Sir Peter told BBC News: “It just is so silly to steal something just for the value of the bronze. You wouldn’t get a lot for it. So it’s such a daft robbery.”
Now, with Sir Peter’s agreement, Blackpool Council are going to re-cast both statues using cheaper, easier to repair metal-coated concrete, to try and prevent a similar incident.

He explained: “Having been damaged once, I suspect it would happen again. So I think it’s probably the best thing to do.”

The rest of the original statue (and it’s twin) have been taken into storage and will be displayed in a more secure location.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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