Eye-catching pop-art work unveiled at Horbury Park

The artwork was unveiled at the Carr Lodge Park shelter and depicts a series of cultural icons from the past seven decades.

The artwork is by local man Liam Staniford, whose work at the park came to public attention when he created a Banky-style painting in 2020.

This time he was commissioned by the Friends of Horbury’s Parks to create the 15-metre-long artwork of famous faces on the sides of the shelter, done in the style of the cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from the Beatles.

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Liam Staniford with his new artwork.

It is linked to 70 years since the Queen ascended the throne and was unveiled in time for the park’s Picnic in the Park event this Sunday.

Some of these famous faces on the mural include the Beatles, World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, Ziggy Stardust, record runner Roger Bannister, Gazza, Harry Potter, Freddie Mercury, Ian Botham, the Spice Girls, Oasis, the three from Del Boy. wheeled van and Queen Elizabeth.

Liam, 60, made headlines in October 2020 when he left a Banksy-style painting on one of the park’s shelters and led some to believe the famous artist was in town.

He said: “When I did this Banksy tag it caused a bit of a stir.

The play spotlights famous people across the decades.

“Graham Roberts of Friends of Horbury’s Parks managed to track me down and told me they were making plans for the park and asked if I wanted to work on all four sides of the shelter.

“I wanted it to look like a graffiti tag and do it in the style of Peter Blake’s Sgt Peppers album cover.

“I designed it and it took me about 40 hours.

“It starts in the 50s in black and white and transitions into color over the decades. I think it’s impactful, it stands out, and it will be a nice addition.

The 1950s were deliberately painted in black and white.

“From what I understand, there has already been very good feedback.

“All the characters there are British and it’s about British achievement.

“Each generation can easily reference someone who is there, without complicating things.”