Municipality adds John Lennon to list of statues

Workmen getting the statue of John Lennon ready for the unveiling today were not really up to speed on the history. One city employee thought the bronze figure was of Paul McCartney, another member of the famous Beatles. All knew the person immortalized in the statue was dead. Lennon, who was the most politically active of The Beatles in his opposition to the Vietnam war, died in an assassination Dec. 8, 1980 in New York City. A.M. Costa Rica/Andrew Rulseh Kasper

John Lennon now sits in the Plaza de los Artes in San José, albeit in bronze statue form.

Municipal workers cleaned the new park bench installment Thursday in preparation for the official inauguration this evening. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and feature live music.

Lennon was immortalized by Cuban sculpture José
Villa Soberón, one of his many life-size works that are scattered around the Western Hemisphere and purchased by the government as a public art exhibit for the plaza, which is near the La Solidad church. That is at the east end of the Avenida 4 pedestrian mall.

Because of Soberón, Ernest Hemingway still stands in a Havana bar, the Mexican actor Tin Tan sits by a fountain in Mexico City and another rendition of Lennon steps across a creek in Colorado.

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