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.
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.
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 🙂
A few different covers of “Baltimore” – and instead of being “only” covers, being different from the “real” thing, these performances show me the sheer beauty of the melody line itself. And some pretty good musicians. I love these.
Eric Leicus, Lithuanian, Baltimore resident & Zappa fan writes:
A friend who works in the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts tells me that various well-trafficked locations have been denied for placement of the statue because Frank Zappa was not an appropriate image to have on their grounds. Therefore, its very possible that the Zappa statue could be put on the outskirts on the city … meaning- it’ll be put in a place where no one will see it. 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.
If you agree, Eric suggests you send email to Kim Domanski (public art coordinator for BOP&A) and let her know that you’d like the Zappa statue to be in a highly trafficked/visible area.
Even if just a few of you do it, it would be much appreciated and could make a big difference. And really it is at least a little way to give back to the man (or at least his legacy) who gave us so much amazing music.
My inbox just about exploded this morning with news that the city of Baltimore is to accept a statue of FZ as a gift to the city:
Until they met last night, some members of the Baltimore Public Art Commission, which voted unanimously to accept the gift of the bronze sculpture – valued at about $50,000 – were also unaware of Zappa’s connection to Charm City.
However, the donors of the bust, who come from much farther afield – in fact, from a nation Zappa never visited – are well aware of his background.
That’d be Vilnius, Lithuania, of course.
Lo and behold: GS “avidly supports placing the sculpture in Baltimore, where her late husband’s quirky views of life fit with the work of such great local artists as John Waters.”…