Statue of Eleanor Rigby made from more than £1m in used banknotes on display in Liverpool

Liverpool-born sculptor Leonard Brown created the work as a comment on the gap between haves and have-nots

A sculpture of Eleanor Rigby made of £1m of used bank notes has gone on display in Liverpool.

Created by Liverpool-born sculptor Leonard Brown, the five foot two inch figure of the fictional star of the Beatles song of the same name is made of thousands of shredded £5, £10 and £20 notes, which were supplied by the Bank Of England in the form of pellets.

The artist said: “The sculpture serves to show people that money isn’t the only way to make you happy, or indeed ‘buy you love’ and we should all be thankful for what we have. There are people in every town and city like Eleanor Rigby who live a lonely life, and whose only worldly goods are kept in the bags that they carry.”

The sculpture is on show at the Museum Of Liverpool until January 2015.

A bronze statue of Eleanor Rigby has occupied a bench in the Liverpool’s Stanley Street since 1982, when it was donated to the city by entertainer Tommy Steele. Its plaque says it’s “dedicated to ‘all the lonely people…'”.

‘Eleanor Rigby’ appeared on The Beatles’ 1966 album ‘Revolver’. The name Eleanor Rigby was made up by its principle author, Paul McCartney, who combined the first name of Eleanor Bron, who had acted in Beatles film ‘Help!’, with the name Rigby, which he’d spotted on a shop named Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers, in Bristol. There is, however, an Eleanor Rigby in the graveyard at St Peter’s Church in Liverpool, where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.