Frank Zappa Vilnius

Image by Radvilė Bieliauskienė

Frank Zappa – A statue for a legendary rock star

Allow me to be a little bit biased and say that Vilnius is a very beautiful city. It is fascinating not only because of its baroque architecture, small winding streets in the Old Town, but also by the various artistic touches found in the most unexpected places. There are a lot of small architectural artworks in Vilnius. They are the most diverse: a statue of an apple, a statue of a boy with a boot, a statue of a basketball, a magic belly and a magic tile, even a huge Tony Soprano statue.

My favorite one though is the sculpture of rock legend Franc Zappa (actually I like Tony Soprano’s just as much), who was very well known for his rebellious soul, which is very clearly depicted in his music. Zappa never came to Lithuania and had no ties with it whatsoever. So why the sculpture here in Vilnius? Well, Vilnius used to have a very active Frank Zappa fan club that fundraised money and created a sculpture for the legend. The author of the idea was Saulius Paukštys, the author of the sculpture was Konstantinas Bogdanas.

As Frank Zappa was a controversial person, the place where the statue stands is also a bit bizarre. It stands in a backyard of a medical center. Without knowing the exact location, one can pass by the statue without even noticing it.

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K. Kalinausko gatvė 3, Vilnius

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)