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A pyramid is to be built in Toxteth. Known as The People’s Pyramid it will be constructed of 34,592 bricks, each containing 23 grams of an person’s cremated remains. The first brick of The People’s Pyramid was laid on its foundation stone on Toxteth Day Of The Dead, Friday 23 November, 2018. Toxteth Day Of The Dead is intended to be marked on the same date, every year until the pyramid is completed.

The project was conceived by Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond – artists, musicians and provocateurs – who have had various identities over the years: The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu; The Timelords; The KLF; The K Foundation and for the purposes of building the pyramid are known as K2 Plant Hire Ltd.

For the first annual Toxteth Day of the Dead, K2 Plant Hire Ltd. staged an event called Unexpected Item in Toxteth Town Hall. In order to gain entrance to Toxteth Town Hall, members of the public were asked to bring one full sized supermarket shopping trolley. Inside the Town Hall visitors found a pyramid made of shopping trolleys, free tea and mince pies, and an opportunity to purchase a brick. Each brick is inscribed with the words Mu Mu and the process internment is called Mumufication.

At the time of the event, the location of the pyramid had not been determined. The foundation stone, made from locally quarried sandstone, was taken on a procession around part of the the Royal & Ancient Park of Toxteth, searching for its future permanent site. The procession was a variation on the old practise of Beating the Bounds, to share the knowledge of the landscape and for blessing the lands. The procession was organised by Liverpool Arts Lab, with Cauty and Drummond’s long-time roadie Gimpo pulling the foundation stone on a builder’s trolley.

On its route, the procession performed several rituals, honouring some of the wonderful former inhabitants of Toxteth. The rituals included drumming, humming, grieving and laughter – all components of the finest memorials.

In words and pictures the book recounts the journey of the procession, the tales told and the games played. Free gifts included with the book enable the reader to join in with the games.

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