A John Lennon sculpture previously on display in Mount Dora, Florida, north of Orlando, is now on its way to the Isle of Wight in the UK. Artist Lawrence Holofcener had loaned his sculpture of John Lennon sitting on a bench looking up to the sky to Mount Dora for two years, but now has reclaimed the statue to transport it to the UK where he is relocating.
The life-size bronze Lennon sculpture proved to be a popular tourist attraction for the Florida town with many people posing for photos with the statue. Holofcener created the 'Imagine' statue in 2010 as a tribute to John Lennon's 70th birthday. He offered to sell it to the town for $20,000 but the budget-strapped city turned down the offer.
A former actor and broadway performer, Lawrence Holofcener found a second career in painting and sculpting. Other sculptures he has created include 'Faces of Olivier', which was unveiled by Sir Lawrence Olivier in 1985 in London, and 'Allies' unveiled by Princess Margaret in 1995 which depict President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
A similar sculpture by a different artist depicting John Lennon sitting on a bench is on display in Cuba. Holofcener's Lennon sculpture is set for display beginning in April at Kendall's Fine Arts Gallery on the Isle of Wight.
Note: Photo of the John Lennon statue in Mount Dora from 2011 courtesy Linda Starr, Blue Starr Gallery.