From the pool to the ‘Pool - John Lennon mosaic on show
Feb 25 2008
by Tina Miles, Liverpool Echo
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John Lennon with the mosaic at the bottom of his swimming pool in at his home in Weybridge, 1967.
A MOSAIC designed by John Lennon for his swimming pool goes on show at the Beatles Story early next month.
The Magic Eye artwork, a feature at the Beatles legend’s Kenwood estate he shared with first wife Cynthia in Surrey, will move to the visitor attraction at the Albert Dock.
Weighing more than two tons and made up of 17,000 ceramic pieces, the 16ft by 6ft mosaic dates from the mid-1960s.
Liverpool John Moore’s University lab technician and Beatles fan Tom Lorimer spent more than six years restoring Lennon’s work in his spare time.
He removed each of the one-inch-square pieces, known as tesserae, and reset them on to wooden boards in exactly the same design.
Mr Lorimer was contacted by Merseyside businessman Wladek “Butch” Reszczynski who was asked to clear items from the derelict site of the 1984 International Garden Festival.
He found The Magic Eye and stored it in a field in the Wirral, later discovering the Beatles connection.
The mosaic is thought to have been inspired by John's wide-ranging interests in spiritual matters.
In 1967 the Beatles spent months in India studying the teachings of Maharishi Yogi.
Mr Lorimer said: “John Lennon was fascinated by Indian mysticism.
“He designed The Magic Eye based on the Maharishi's teachings about the Eye of Knowledge or the Middle Eye.
“It was in very poor condition. Moss was covering it in parts but I offered to restore it, and Butch agreed.”
Beatles Story director Jerry Goldman said: “The Magic Eye will be a wonderful visual feature of our new expansion in the Albert Dock.”