For the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’s Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, the city of Liverpool has commissioned 13 new works, including public art, concerts, theatre and dance performances—each inspired by a song from the album. Among the pieces unveiled in the city on Thursday, 1 June are a 12-metre-high psychedelic mural by the US artist Judy Chicago, a series of public billboards by the British artist Jeremy Deller.
Chicago says that although she was never a particularly big Beatles fan—“I’m not the groupie type. I was in my studio”—they represented “hope and change” to her. She was assigned the song Fixing a Hole as the starting point for her commission and after researching the various theories of the song’s meaning, from drug use to a hole in Paul McCartney’s new roof, she alighted on the idea of “fixing a hole in history—who gets to participate in it”. As an artist who has fought over much of her career to highlight the role of women in art history, Chicago says she “related to that”.
Source: The Art Newspaper