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UPDATED: The Real Lucy-in-the-Sky-With Diamonds Honored by Childhood Pal Julian Lennon

Artist Lauren Voiers to Sculpt Bronze Plaque

By Good News Network
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

 

Lucy Vodden was the subject of a painting brought home from kindergarten by a young Julian Lennon, who showed it to his dad, John, and told him it was “Lucy – in the sky with diamonds”.

Julian got back in touch with Lucy a few years ago when he heard that she was battling Lupus, an auto-immune disease.

Now, a plaque commemorating the woman who inspired the Beatles’ hit, will be placed in Liverpool in memory of Vodden who died in 2009 at age 46. (See the drawing below)

Following her death, Lennon became heavily involved with St Thomas’ Lupus Trust, which commissioned the plaque, and he become the Lupus Foundation of America’s Global Ambassador.

Liverpool’s City Council agreed to the placing of a ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ plaque in Mathew Street in Liverpool, which is the Mecca for fans of the Beatles. The sculptor of the bronze plaque will be Lauren Voiers, who is the young sculptor responsible for the John Lennon Peace monument in Liverpool.

This will take place alongside the launch of the ‘Lucy Vodden Lupus Research Fellowship’ a lupus research project in Lucy’s name so all excess funds from the plaque will go towards that project.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Lucyintheskywithdiamonds to donate to the cause in honor of Lucy and Julian. All donors names will be listed in a commemorative book which will be kept in Liverpool.

For the full story about Lucy please visit our website: www.lupus.org.uk/patients/lucy.htm

 

 

Remembering John Lennon in Liverpool

Friday, December 9, 2011

 

Fans of the late Beatle John Lennon came together Wednesday night in Liverpool to pay their respects as the world marked the 31st anniversary of his death.
An international crowd gathered at the Peace & Harmony monument dedicated to Lennon at Kings Dock by the River Mersey. The event included a candlelight vigil and music from local musicians. The vigil marked only the second time that Liverpool has had a place for people to gather to celebrate the life of Lennon and his legacy of peace through his music, organizers say. The monument, sculpted by Lauren Voiers, was unveiled on Oct. 9, 2010, on the 70th anniversary of Lennon’s birth by his first wife Cynthia Lennon and son Julian.

According to reports, the weather wasn’t the best, but that didn’t stop an impromptu jam session from taking place at the Beatles Story Starbucks cafe on the Albert Dock.

“Like last year’s inaugural vigil, this has been a fitting tribute to a son of the city. The atmosphere at the ‘Peace & Harmony’ monument has been incredible with people from all over the world gathering to pay their respects and contemplate John’s message of peace. Liverpool has once again done itself proud,” said Jerry Goldman of Beatles Story museum, which sponsored the event.

 

 

 

Peace and harmony reign at ACC Liverpool

Friday, October 28, 2011

ACC Liverpool has become the permanent home of a European Peace Monument dedicated to John Lennon. The 18-foot sculpture, created by American artist Lauren Voiers, forms part of the global peace initiative which aims to position one sculpture of peace on each of the continents of the world.

The John Lennon Peace Monument now takes pride of place against the contemporary backdrop of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and its sister venue Echo Arena, which is set to play host to Paul McCartney, the greatest living Liverpool icon as he heads to his home town for a homecoming gig on 20th December.

Bob Prattey, CEO of ACC Liverpool, said: “We are very proud to have such a culturally important piece of art here at ACC Liverpool. John Lennon is a unique and enduring part of our city and it�s fantastic that UK and International visitors to ACC Liverpool will be able to visit the monument whilst they are with us. Whether a fan of John or the Beatles or just a lover of art, the monument is a striking symbol of Peace and we are privileged to have given it a home.”

 

Lauren Voiers Painting Honors GRAMMY MusiCares Streisand Person of the Year

February 8, 2011

MusiCares, a charitable arm of the GRAMMY Foundation, has selected Lauren Voiers unique painting titled Barbra, to be in their auction at the 21st annual benefit gala during the GRAMMY Awards weekend in Los Angeles. The 36″ x 48″ oil on canvas painting incorporates elements of the GRAMMY, MusiCares and Barbra Streisand images interlaced in colorful abstract form.Voiers work will be on display alongside an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests.  Stars of the music industry will be in attendance at the reception event, to be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute.

Artists scheduled to perform at the tribute include: Tony Bennett; singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth; members of the GRAMMY-nominated “Glee” cast Darren Criss, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison; Herbie Hancock; Diana Krall; Barry Manilow; Donna Summer; Stevie Wonder; and artist Nikki Yanofsky. Streisand, a multi-GRAMMY-winning artist and current GRAMMY nominee, will close the evening with her own special performance.  The event will be telecast live on the CBS Television Network at 8pm ET/PT.

Barbra Streisand — actress/singer/director/writer/ composer/producer/designer/ author/activist and eight-time GRAMMY winner, GRAMMY Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient — is the honored guest as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year.  She is recognized for her creative accomplishments as well as her philanthropic work, which has included an extraordinary range of charitable activities over the years.

“Barbra Streisand is a genuine Renaissance woman, someone for whom artistry and philanthropy go hand in hand,” said Neil Portnoiw, president of MusiCares Foundation.  The MusiCares Person of the Year gala is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week.  The celebration culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Sunday.

 

 

John Lennon Celebrated on Anniversary

By Ian Youngs Entertainment reporter, BBC News
on December 8, 2010

John Lennon fans have sung his songs, laid flowers and lit candles on the 30th anniversary of the Beatle’s death.

Vigils have been held in New York, where the music legend was shot dead, and his home city of Liverpool.

“I really do feel like I got a sense of peace here tonight,” said Adam Byrne, 34, from Liverpool. “I think his message is still as strong as ever.”

John Lennon vigil in Liverpool

 

Peace & Harmony unveiled in Liverpool, England October 9, 2010

John Lennon’s Liverpool unveils monument designed by Cleveland artist

From cleveland.com
on October 09, 2010


 On the day when Beatles legend John Lennon would have celebrated his 70th birthday, a sculpture by Cleveland artist Lauren Voiers was unveiled in Liverpool, England, to celebrate his life.
Hundreds of people gathered at the city center’s Chavasse Park on Saturday to watch Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia and, their son, Julian, cut a ribbon to reveal the sculpture, called “Peace and Harmony,” which features a colorful globe with doves flying above it.
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European Peace monument to be unveiled by Julia and Cynthia Lennon

The Beatles Story
on September 23, 2010


A global peace monument is to be gifted to the people of Europe on the occasion of John Lennon’s 70th birthday. It will be unveiled as part of a gala ceremony in Lennon’s birthplace of Liverpool by his eldest son Julian and first wife Cynthia.

 

Sculpture creation photos:

John Lennon peace sculpture unveiled in Shanghai

bbc.co.uk
on Jun.16, 2010



A sculpture to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday has been shown at the Shanghai World Expo.
A maquette of the John Lennon Peace Monument – which when finished will stand at 18ft (5m) – was presented to the Liverpool Pavilion.
Created by 19-year-old Lauren Voiers, it is a globe, surrounded by birds and a single white feather to represent the Beatle’s message of peace

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