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Model of monument to John Lennon unveiled at Shanghai Expo

06-18-2010 09:14 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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The design of a global peace monument dedicated to former "Beatles" member John Lennon was unveiled for the first time at the Liverpool Pavilion on Tuesday.

A hand-painted scale model of the actual monument was unveiled by its creator, American teen art prodigy Laurean Voiers.

Laurean Voiers, Creator of the Monument, said, "It was only until like a couple of months ago that I found out that it was not going to be in Berlin, that it was going to be in Liverpool, and in honor of John Lennon. It's funny because I just started like really getting into the Beatles again. You know, you get into waves of listening to old music again and this past year, my apartment was decorated on Beatles stuff so it was really kind of weird how it all came together."

The finished monument to be displayed in October this year in Lennon's hometown of Liverpool will stand almost six meters tall and weigh more than 4.5 tons. Liverpool is set to benefit from the unveiling of the monument.

Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of the Beatles Story, said"When the world goes to somewhere to think of John Lennon, there's only one place that there is actually a monument to him and that's in Central Park in New York, and it's opposite where John was shot dead. And there's nothing of that sort in the place where his spirit was created and born. We felt there needs to be a counterbalance. It's quite right the people should go to New York but equally they need a place in Liverpool where they can gather and contemplate and celebrate the life of John Lennon."

Lennon's son, Julian will take part in a ceremony to unveil the final sculpture in Liverpool as part of the city's two-months of events to commemorate Lennon's 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his death.

John Lennon was one of the founding members of the highly successful "Beatles" group and fans today remember him through the pacifist message of his songs such as "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance."

Lennon was shot and killed by a deranged fan as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrived at their Manhattan apartment building on December 8th, 1980.


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