Bronze Thieves Steal Sgt Pepper Artist’s Only Public Sculpture
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.
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.