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If you’re fed up of doing the same old routes, then here’s a challenge … join in our walking bingo and try and tick off as many of these Liverpool landmarks as you can en route.
Some of them you’ll know really well, others you might never have spotted before, but with the weather getting a bit warmer, now’s the time to put in the legwork and see if you can get a Scouse full house …
Sefton Park has lots of statues but this one by the Palm House is a favourite. The 1928 bronze figure, which came back to the park in 2005 after a major restoration, is one of six exact replicas of the original in Kensington Gardens, London.
Exactly 25 years ago today, we installed RAY + JULIE on London Road, Liverpool, a sculpture named after an obscure piece of graffiti on the back wall – only meant to last 6 months until London Road was redeveloped, it lives on! Here's to middle age … x pic.twitter.com/JTBDCIclNd
— Alan Dunn (@alandunn67) November 1, 2020
One of Britain’s top 10 secret public artworks, the two metal chairs facing each other on a derelict London Road plot were created by artists Alan Dunn and Brigitte Jurack in 1995, titled after an unknown couple whose names were graffitied on the wall.
The Reds star is immortalised in a towering image on the end of a house at the corner of Sybil Street and Anfield Road. It was commissioned by The Anfield Wrap and painted by French artist Akse to celebrate Liverpool’s Champions League win in 2019.
Bingo’s always fair to both teams so there’s a Blues mural too featuring Everton legends Dixie Dean, Alan Ball, Howard Kendall, Neville Southall and Leighton Baines. On Newhall Street, it includes the Alan Ball quote “Once Everton has touched you, nothing will be the same”.
This probably appears on more visitor photos than any other sign in the city centre, but maybe you haven’t got one? Time to make like a tourist, or at least a Beatles fan, head to Mathew Street while it’s quiet and get standing under the neon.
While you’re on Mathew Street, get a two-for-one by ticking off the Carl Jung statue which has stood there since 1976, on the wall by the junction with Rainford Square, reminding the world of the psychoanalyst’s quote that Liverpool is the Pool of Life.
Everyone’s got their favourite places in the city centre, but this one’s probably the best in Liverpool ONE. Between Zara and John Lewis on the upper level of South John Street you’ll get a gorgeous view over Chavasse Park to the Albert Dock.
At the Albert Dock, by the Piermaster’s House, you’ll find a sculpture by Tom Murphy of one of Liverpool’s most famous musical sons, Billy Fury. He’s looking over the river, as a nod to his time working as a Mersey tugboat deck hand.
Not everyone loves the big angular black wedge building at Mann Island, but it certainly stands out on the waterfront and, as well as housing exhibitions from RIBA and Open Eye Gallery, its black-tinted glass gives a great chance for reflection photos of the Three Graces behind.
NEW artwork on the Baltic Plinth – Bowland Hare by Marjan Wouda and supported by Baltic Creative, Castle Fine Arts & Steel Dynamics. A tribute to the Brown Hare whose number have been dwindling since the 1960s due to decreased crop diversity. Enjoy #teambaltic pic.twitter.com/mJkmWGezvJ
— Baltic Triangle (@baltictriangle) February 17, 2020
Occupants of the Baltic Plinth on the corner of Jamaica Street and Jordan Street are ever-changing and since February 2020 it’s been the Bowland Hare by Marjan Wouda. Supported by Baltic Creative, Castle Fine Arts & Steel Dynamics, it’s depicts the sadly disappearing Brown Hare.
At 44ft tall, it’s pretty hard to miss the ornate Chinese Arch, which has stood on Nelson Street since 2000 – look out for the three Chinese characters below the highest roof, Zhong Guo Cheng, translated as Chinatown.
This is one of the tiniest public artworks in the city, in the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral. It’s 4in tall, on a four-metre pole outside the Oratory on the left as you go towards the cathedral entrance.
St Luke’s Church, a shell since the May Blitz in 1941, is one of the city’s best-loved landmarks, standing at the bottom of Leece Street. It’s also home to a statue commemorating the Christmas truce in WWI.
Officially known as A Case History, the Hope Street suitcases sculpture has been a fixture (mostly for sitting on) since 1998 – sculptor John King allocated each case to a famous owner going off on their imaginary travels.
The Baltic Triangle’s got no shortage of street artwork, but bingo has Paul Curtis’ version of the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing on Grafton Street near Ghetto Golf, minus the Fab Four and waiting for replacement walkers.
Whatever Paris can do, so can Liverpool – the original lovelocks are on the Pont des Art but we’ve got our own, on railings by the Albert Dock, loads of padlock symbols of romance because we’re cute like that.
Docked pretty much facing the lovelocks, you’ll find the Dazzle Ship – a now super-colourful old historic pilot ship which was transformed by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and painters from Cammell Laird in the style of a WWI camouflage ship.
Just as pic-worthy as an actual mountain, but with less walking needed – next to Tate Liverpool at the Albert Dock you can’t miss a gravity-defying 10-metre tall sculpture of vertically-stacked fluorescent coloured rocks, designed by artist Ugo Rondinone.
There are still plenty of superlambs dotted around town, but if you want a whole herd of them in one place head to Museum of Liverpool where you’ll see four outside all lined up like they’re off somewhere nice.
Of all the Beatles landmarks in Liverpool, the life-size bronze statue of all four at the Pier Head, opposite Mersey Ferries building, is one of the most photographed – especially after it appeared on Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke.
Near Lennon’s Aunt Mimi’s house on Menlove Avenue, there’s Outhouse – an illuminated glass box shaped like a small house at the bottom of blocks of flats, which was created by Turner Prize-nominated artist Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussie.
Forever immortalised in the famous Beatles song it inspired, the much-photographed red gates to the former Salvation Army children’s home can be found in Beaconsfield Road in Woolton.
Off Higher Lane between Aintree Hospital and Altcourse Prison, Bluebell Woods is an ancient woodland with parts at least 1,000 years old and a beautiful carpet of blue from spring which makes a gorgeous backdrop.
How would estate agents market this bijou landmark on Wavertree High Street, sandwiched between Bet Fred and The Cock & Bottle Pub? The pint-sized former family home with commemorative plaque is measures just 6ft x 14ft.
Give Eleanor a little company and she’s never be lonely again! The bronze statue designed and created by legendary actor/singer Tommy Steele can be found a stone’s throw from Mathew Street, on Stanley Street.
With 100 life-size iron men cast from Antony Gormley’s own body spreading right across Crosby Beach, his Another Place installation is pretty awe-inspiring stuff and you get plenty to choose from for a pic.
The Isla Gladstone Conservatory is a stunning piece of Victorian Architecture dating back to 1870, not forgetting it’s set in Anfield’s Stanley Park, renowned for its rose gardens – and it’s got great views of Liverpool and Everton’s grounds.
Emblazoned with You’ll Never Walk Alone, the gates on the Anfield Road side of the stadium were unlocked by Bill Shankly’s widow Nessie in 1982, 11 months after his death, as an iconic memorial to the Reds legend.
A stretch of hillside between Shaw Street/Netherfield Road and Heyworth Street has got one of the best views in the city looking across the Mersey to Wirral and Wales. It was also home to the famous Molly Bushell’s toffee shop, the original Everton toffee lady.
A tribute to one of Everton’s all-time greatest goal-scorers, the Dixie Dean statue by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy is one of the best Everton FC landmarks in the city, and was recently moved to a new home on Walton Lane.
Liverpool’s very own version of Stonehenge, the Calder Stones is a group of six megaliths which are the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber, now found in a greenhouse in Calderstones Park.
Restored at a cost of £70,000 in 2008, the decorative 19th century cast iron gates welcome visitors to Princes Park along Princes Avenue in Toxteth. Their spectacular sunburst design is decorated in 23.5 karat gold leaf.
The Squire of Knotty Ash is immortalised with tickling stick in a bronze by sculptor Tom Murphy which stands on Lime Street’s concourse. It’s half of a Chance Meeting pair with MP Bessie Braddock.
Head up towards the entrance of Central Library on William Brown Street on a granite walkway engraved in white with famous titles and see if you can crack the code of the red letters while you’re there.
One of the most beautiful green spaces in the city centre, and perfect for a walking stop – the gardens of St Nicholas’ Church, Liverpool parish church, are handily next to Ma Boyle’s too once it’s open again.
Right outside the entrance to the museum, at the back of the Pump House pub, you can’t miss the 16-foot-long anchor which was saved from the wreck of HMS Conway, a 92-gun wooden battleship built in 1839.
Another fantastic work by Paul Curtis, this one on the corner of Colquitt Street and Seel Street features Michael Jackson in a white suit moonwalking along the wall, and was influenced by the Smooth Criminal video.
Arthur Dooley’s Four Lads Who Shook the World on Mathew Street shows the Madonna, representing Liverpool, holding three babies, originally John, George and Ringo (Paul was a nearby cherub, replaced with a baby after Lennon’s death).
Contractor William MacKenzie was buried in the mid-1800s under a huge pyramid on Rodney Street, which legend claims allowed him to sit up inside holding a winning hand of cards so the devil couldn’t claim his soul.
If you’re walking along the prom, get a pic of its biggest, reddest landmark – the 2.8-metre high Sitting Bull which was in the Festival Gardens but is now on the front, where you head up Riversdale Road.
Honestly, it’s not just for the coachloads of tourists with cameras, everyone really should have a photo of themselves by the famous Penny Lane sign – choose Greenbank Park end and you’ll get a nice old graffiti-ed one.
By Booker Avenue Infants School on Archerfield Road you’ll find Robin Hood’s Stone – a Neolithic or Bronze Age standing stone named because grooves on it were believed to be made by medieval archers sharpening arrowheads.
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