I forced the other Blackbird to watch Help! before we attempted this window, and I was afraid she would liken the experience to a forced death march. Lo and behold, though, she liked it! I didn't push it -- secretly, I really wanted to make her watch A Hard Day's Night right then -- but we were off and running with ideas.
We constructed a lot for this window. We have four chairs standing in for the band -- one has a woven seat of neckties, one is covered in book pages (you might remember it from the Alice window), one is paint-spattered and flower-bedecked, and one is covered in duct tape. We were going for whimsy, and a loose representation of four separate entities. We put astro turf on the floor (reminiscent of George's grass carpet in Help!, along with his chomper teeth and "Keep off the grass" sign), and covered the wall with a blank canvas of brown craft paper. We made "stripes" of things -- guitars, lyrics, strawberry vines (Strawberry Fields), and other images, like silhouette portraits and a Union Jack.
More fun references made their way in the window, like Paperback Writer and Across the Universe:
And Come Together:
And I Am the Walrus and Piggies and Penny Lane:
And a Blue Meanie stopped by...
Ever wonder where Pinky and the Brain got it? Check out Help! "With a ring like that I could -- dare I say it? -- rule the world."
And my favorite, Happiness is a Warm Gun. Get it? (It's OK if you don't.)
We reused our sheet sky from the Supersized Nature window. And of course, added diamonds to that sky. Then Eleanor Rigby stopped by...
If you're local, stop by and see it. The photos don't do it justice. It's really packed full! I'll end with my favorite Beatles' quote..."And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."