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Sculpture of Leonard Cohen

In short

The sculpture commemorating Leonard Cohen, a Jewish-Canadian artist of with Lithuanian roots, has been temporarily erected in the Old Town on St. Michael's Street in the courtyard of the restaurant Gabi.

The Municipality of Vilnius has promised to find the right location for the last piece of art by Romualdas Kvintas, the creator of the sculpture. Kvintas died having finished about 90% of the sculpture;  his pupil, Martynas Gaubas later completed it.

Brief History

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), whose creative career spanned more than 50 years, was born to a middle-class Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec. As a teenager, he learned to play the guitar and formed a band called the Buckskin Boys. The works of Spanish writer Federico Garcios Lorcos inspired him to start writing himself. After graduation, Cohen bought a house on the Island of Hydra and published a selection of poetry and a few novels.

Fans of Cohen's songs who are also interested in his biography know it contains a bit of everything: he was a hero who told incredible stories that turned out to be true. By age 25, Cohen was the pride of Canadian literature, on the verge of receiving the Nobel Prize.

Considered to be one of the most prominent and influential creators of the twentieth century, Cohen died on 7 November 2016 at the age of 82. After his death, The Rolling Stones wrote, “He was the man who shaped opinions of the opinion-shapers themselves.”

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