Bee Gees to be immortalized with bronze statue in Redcliffe

Melbourne, Jan 27 (ANI): The Bee Gees are set to be immortalised in bronze next month in the way Redcliffe will always remember them - as children.

A photo of the legendary band of brothers has been used as inspiration for a statue dedicated to the band.

It shows Robin and Barry laced up. Maurice, though, is barefoot and carefree, which is how Barry Gibb describes the brothers' childhood growing up in Redcliffe.

The last remaining Bee Gee said that it was a "magical" time.

"We would walk on the beach at low tide, in bare feet, chasing crabs. That image has never gone away," the Courier Mail quoted him as saying.

Though the boys would go on to form one of the most successful groups of all time, they never forgot their idyllic days in Redcliffe.

It was announced earlier this week the statue, created by sculptor Phillip Piperides, will be unveiled on February 14, with Barry in attendance.

The statue will stand between Redcliffe Pde and Sutton St alongside Bee Gees Way - a walkway commemorating the group's contribution to music through photos and album covers.

It has been revealed the statue was created by drawing from a series of images and photographs from Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb's childhood, in particular from the time when they lived in Redcliffe in the late 1950s.

Piperides said one main photograph was chosen but he made changes based on other images and requests from Barry himself.

Barry said the tribute made to him and his brothers was a "privilege and an honour."

Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland said the tribute was Redcliffe's way of saying thank you to the Bee Gees and acknowledging their contribution to music.

He said Barry planned to bring his mum to the unveiling on February 14 because Redcliffe held so many family memories. (ANI)

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