Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Beatles fans celebrate monument in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg recently became home to the first and only monument to The Beatles in Russia.

The idea for the monument came to Vladimir Popov, the president of the Beatles fan club in the Urals, after attending a 2003 Sir Paul McCartney concert in Moscow, Oblgazeta reports.

"The city really needed a monument," Popov said, according to Oblgazeta. "Yekaterinburg is a place where a lot of active creative people live. They dream to make the world around them better."

Popov said that the monument could also help attract tourists.

Artist Vadim Okladnikov suggested making contours of known photos from Beatles concerts.

Funding for the project began with a Yekaterinburg concert in honor of George Harrison's birthday where the group raised $9,000.

The monument was unveiled in 2009. It now hosts an annual concert on City Day. May will mark the fifth anniversary of the monument, Oblgazeta reports.