Friday, June 23, 2017

John Lennon statue unveiled in Altai regional city of Barnaul

A six-foot stone monument of The Beatles' John Lennon was unveiled the Altai city of Barnaul on Wednesday.

The unveiling ceremony took place in "Turquoise Katun" park and featured a performance of popular Beatles songs by musicians from Barnaul and Gorno-Altai. Sculptor Vladimir Voychishinu selected Wednesday's date to unveil his work because it marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of a similar Lennon monument in the U.K., ITAR-TASS reports.

Situated in Barnaul's tourist and recreation park, the monument is made entirely of marble and depicts Lennon standing on a gramophone record. On the opoosite side of the monument is a depiction of Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono. The monument also features the lyrics to Lennon's popular song "Imagine," which Voychishinu included as a symbol of world peace, according to ITAR-TASS.

Voychishinu's sculpture of Lennon is the second Russian monument dedicated to The Beatles. A metal installation of all four Beatles was opened in Yekaterinburg last year.