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LFC retro kits inspire new artwork unveiled at Anfield

Artwork that draws inspiration from Liverpool FC’s classic kits of the past has been revealed at Anfield Stadium.

As part of the ongoing development of Anfield stadium, an installation has been established on 97 Avenue. The stadium has undergone regeneration over the last decade, with the addition of two new and improved stands, resulting in an increased capacity of 61,000.

LFC retro kits inspire new artwork unveiled at Anfield

Leo Fitzmaurice, an artist from Liverpool, created ‘On the Button’ drawing inspiration from his own childhood memories of retro kits and the LFC museum. He explored the artefacts, old programmes, posters, photographs, flags and shirts on display before arriving at the idea of using kits, and was captivated by the intriguing stories that lay behind their designs.

There are 16 circular pieces of different sizes in the installation. Each piece showcases a different retro kit from the LFC archives, which is the club’s fabric. The main goal of the installation is to establish personal connections with the supporters and bring back memories of classic kits.

Included in the collection are various kits for home, away, third, and goalkeeper from the early 80s up to the present day. One of the most iconic designs is the yellow and red away kit worn during the 1982-84 season. Additionally, the assortment features the 2021-22 third kit, which was influenced by its predecessor. Lastly, there is also a choice of classic goalkeeper kits from the 90s.

Leo Fitzmaurice said:

“The kits often reflect LFC’s history, community and city’s creative and cultural links.  I wanted to use this in my brief to represent the designs in a new, engaging way.  

“The artwork is bright and energetic using pattern and scale to convey a sense of movement and space. It aims to encourage an ongoing interaction between lifelong supporters and newer fans retelling of personal stories and memories about the artwork’s inspiration.” 

The opportunity in collaboration with Liverpool City Council had three shortlisted candidates, and Leo was one of them.

The new art installation at Anfield has been included as a requirement by Liverpool City Council as part of the planning conditions for the development of the Anfield Road Stand. The aim is to improve and expand the existing public art offerings around the stadium.


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