Remember That Baltimore Bust?

Back in May 2008, KUR was notified of the fact that an FZ statue donated by the state of Lithuania, risked being put on the outskirts on the city of Baltimore — “because Frank Zappa was not an appropriate image to have on their grounds.”… meaning- it would be put in a place where no one would see it.

FZ baltimore statue

Quoth Lithuanian and Baltimorian Eric Leicus:

I’m thinking it should be in Fells Point Square/Mt Vernon Park or at least somewhere downtown where people can actually see it and appreciate it.

We urged you to mail Baltimore city hall officials, asking for a better spot. Well, lo and behold:

On Wednesday, the commission formally endorsed placing the bust in the quirky Fells Point community. The neighborhood is a major tourist draw known for its nightlife.

Eric writes:

I have a friend who works in Baltimore Promotion of the Arts who said they got a TON of emails from around the world about the location of the statue. So thank you for posting. Between you guys and Zappateers (the other place I posted) I think we really made a difference!!!

I guess we did :-)

7 Responses to “Remember That Baltimore Bust?”

  1. Rance Muhamitz says:

    So now it will be placed in an area known for “discos”? That seems more like an insult to FZ, even though more people will see it.

  2. Roland says:

    Roller skates and disco is a lot of fun: The bust of FZ in Bad Doberan is located near a touristic railway and it doesn´t look bad there at all. The more people are wondering, who this guy is (or was), the better.

  3. Sharleena says:

    A quote from Rance Muhamitz:

    So now it will be placed in an area known for “discos”? That seems more like an insult to FZ, even though more people will see it.

    Rance, do you live there and know the area better? The article only mentions bohemian vibe and nightlife, not “discos”…

  4. Harry Barris says:

    What’s that strange protuberance growing out of the back of Zappa’s neck? (This bust is almost as ugly as the one in Bad Doberan. Almost!!)

  5. Mike Licht says:

    Harry Barris: Few things are as ugly as the FZ statue in Bad Doberan

    http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/zappa-returns-to-baltimore-via-vilinius

  6. Roland says:

    What´s wrong with the Bad Doberan bust, it looks closer to the likes of FZ than the one of Lithuania. But what the hey? What counts is the fact, that FZ h a s a bust somewhere, even if it looks a bit ugly on the side.

  7. Baltimore Travel Watch says:

    It’s definitely a bit ugly on the side

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