Stars behind Liverpool’s murals: from The Beatles to Martin Luther King


Viewing street art has become a popular pastime for fans of the city’s football clubs, and taking selfies with Paul Curtis’s Liver Bird Wings is a must-see for tourists.

A student at the 'Liver Bird Wings' mural on the wall of a property in Jamaica Street, Liverpool
A student at the ‘Liver Bird Wings’ mural on the wall of a property in Jamaica Street, Liverpool

It has always been a center for arts and culture and now more and more significant murals are appearing on the walls of Merseyside buildings.

From New Brighton to the Baltic Triangle, you no longer have to walk into a gallery to see amazing paintings in Liverpool and beyond.

Viewing street art has become a popular pastime for fans of the city’s football clubs, and taking selfies with Paul Curtis’s Liver Bird Wings is a must-see for tourists.

Meanwhile, fans of The Beatles are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding their idols around town.

Here are nine of the best vibrant images to check out.

The Beatles

The striking mural of the faces of The Fab Four was created by men from both sides of Northern Ireland’s political divide: Belfast Loyalist Mark Ervine and Republican Danny Devenny.

Croxteth Avenue was chosen as it is one of the main gateways into Liverpool, located on the main roundabout between Seaforth and Litherland.

The black and white artwork is just down the road from where the band played at Litherland Town Hall and Lathom.

A mural of The Beatles on the side of a terraced house on Croxteth Avenue
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Sir Kenny Dalglish

A new piece of art unveiled earlier this month, this massive painting shows Liverpool FC legend Sir Kenny at his best on the pitch, with the famous player wearing the 1983/4 home kit.

Another Paul Curtis masterpiece, the mural can be found in The Kop End bar, near the club’s Anfield football stadium.

Sir Kenny, one of the greatest players in Liverpool history who went on to manage the club, is known as the King of the Kop.

A mural of former Liverpool FC legend Sir Kenny Dalglish
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the secretary bird

Covering the side of The Wedding House on Great George Place, near Liverpool’s trendy Baltic Triangle, this colorful version of the Liver Bird was painted by local artist John Culshaw.

The liver bird is a mythical creature said to have originated in 1207 when King John received a royal charter to register the city of Liverpool as a district. Needing a unique seal, the bird symbol was chosen to form part of the royal coat of arms.

A mural titled ‘The Secretary Bird’
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Sir Ken Dodd

The most famous son of Knotty Ash, the late great comedian, is remembered by Paul Curtis in this tribute street painting featured in 2020.

Sir Ken is depicted in his trademark pastel blue suit performing on a seafront promenade, a nod to the seaside theaters where he forged his early career.

The artwork on Roe Street, next to the Queens Square bus station, wouldn’t be complete without Dodd’s famous tickle stick.

A mural of iconic comedian Ken Dodd on Roe Street
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Ann Williams

An activist from Hillsborough, Anne fought for many years to uncover the truth about the April 15, 1989 disaster. She lost her son Kevin in the tragedy, one of 97 deaths, and earned the nickname the Iron Lady in his subsequent fight for justice.

The Anfield Road mural by Paul Curtis shows Anne, who died of cancer in 2016, raising her fist in 2012 when an independent panel overturned the initial inquest verdict.

Activist Anne Williams seen on Anfield Road in Liverpool
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No10 Downing Street

A New Brighton mural by artist Dotmasters is one of several massive works of art commissioned as part of a regeneration campaign in the city.

The depiction of the front door of the Prime Minister’s residence shows a small white dog urinating on the front step.

The eye-catching piece on Victoria Road has become popular with locals, hikers and Instagrammers alike.

A mural of ’10 Downing Street’ on Victoria Road in New Brighton, near Liverpool, by artist Dotmasters
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Martin Luther King

New Brighton’s waterfront hotspot has been transformed with street art in recent times, including a significant mural of Martin Luther King on Hope Street.

The artwork is on the wall behind the Perch Rock pub and was created by a group of artists to mark the 51st anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination, and its inspirational message and activism remain just as relevant today.

A mural of Martin Luther King on the wall behind the Perch Rock pub
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Rude boy Otto

One of a series of Rude Kid paintings by British artist Dotmasters, this mural of a flock-walled terrace on Waterloo Road, New Brighton, shows Otto with a paint roller in hand and a trail of red paint trailing behind him. side.

The striking characters of Dotmasters are said to be young children close to their family, captured artfully misbehaving in poses that include bird flipping and wall smashing.

A mural of Otto (a part of the Rude Kids series), in a house on Waterloo Road, in New Brighton
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liver bird winds

Created by renowned local artist Paul Curtis on Jamaica Street near the city’s trendy Baltic Triangle, this popular mural allows fans to transform into an iconic Liver Bird. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is among those who have stepped forward.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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