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Ignas Jačauskas, BNS 2019 August 28 11:39
A sculpture will be erected in Vilnius for singer-writer Leonard Cohen. Leonard Cohen Agnė Matulaitė , spouse of Remigijus Šimašius, mayor of Vilnius and lecturer at the Philosophy Faculty of Vilnius University, announced this on Tuesday , invited to the official unveiling of the sculpture. According to her, the sculpture was created for the Canadian singer, who died a few years ago, also by the sculptor Romuald Quint, who also died last year. "I do not know how the Norwegian organizer reached the rumor that I am an absolute lover of this poet and singer," she proclaimed. BNS A. Matulaitė confirmed that the initiative to commemorate this music in Vilnius was taken by Norwegian John Afseth and his wife Ausra Baronaite. The sculpture will arise in the capital's Old Town, St. In the courtyard of Gabi Restaurant on Mykolo Street, the administration of the establishment has confirmed to BNS that the sculpture will be unveiled Saturday. As the Vilnius Municipality stated to the BNS, no permission was required for this sculpture as it is a "private initiative of friends and supporters of R. Quint." For his part, R. Šimašius said that the place could be temporary and the municipality was looking for a permanent place. The mayor told reporters Wednesday that Mr Cohen's family history is closely linked to Lithuania, as his mother "withered a dried apple from Lithuania anyway" in the interwar period. “Leonard's return to Lithuania, the capital, seems to me to be a very important sign. We do not have a suitable permanent place for this yet, so the sculpture will be inaugurated in a private yard. But we have agreed with the initiators that we will definitely find the right place together, ”said Šimašius. Born in Montreal in 1934, L. Cohen, who has Litvak roots, died in November 2016. After completing his literary studies and beginning his career in the 1960s as a writer, most of whom wrote poetry, he later became worldwide famous for his authorial songs, most notably Suzanne, Hallelujah and others. More than two decades ago, a sculpture was unveiled in Vilnius for another music legend, Frank Zappa, a few years ago, and John Lennon , a member of The Beatles
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