Renowned sculptor Tom Murphy will be awarded Liverpool’s highest honour today (11 August) in recognition of his iconic works across the city.
Tom, whose many creations include the Bill Shankly memorial at Liverpool Football Club and the John Lennon Statue at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, will be added to the Roll of Citizen of Honour.
The award-winning painter and sculptor has previously been commissioned to create a long list of monumental sculptures and life-size portrait bronze busts, with other projects including the city centre’s Hillsborough memorial at Old Haymarket, the Bessie Braddock and Ken Dodd statues at Lime Street Station, the Liverpool VC Memorial and the Blitz memorial.
Elsewhere, a number of the artist’s works are on display across the UK and around the globe with pieces in the private collections of HRH Queen Elizabeth, at the John Lennon Museum in Tokyo, at the Imperial War Museum in London and in Scotland’s Carmelite Monastery.
Ahead of a presentation at Liverpool Town Hall, Tom says: “It’s a real honour to be recognised in this way. I’m fortunate to do something I love – for a city I love.
“It feels like a real appreciation of the work I’ve created for Liverpool, and I’m humbled and overwhelmed the city is presenting me with this accolade.”
Liverpool’s Citizen of Honour Awards were introduced in 2008 to formally recognise individuals who have made a significant, exceptional or unique contribution to enriching the image of the city.
Tom joins 28 other Citizens of Honour including Bill Shankly, Liverpool World War Two veterans, April Ashley, film director David Yates, Dr David France and Lewis Biggs.