Uzhgorod and John Lord

Mini-sculpture of John Lord 2
Mini-sculpture of John Lord 2

John Douglas Lord (1941-2012) is a world-famous British rock musician, founder of the legendary rock band Deep Purple.

A mini-sculpture of this famous musician was installed in Uzhgorod November 27, 2014. It is located on the Independence Embankment opposite the Linguistic gymnasium (GPS: 48.622475, 22.296944). Coincidentally, at the opening of this sculpture river Uzh it was covered in fog, as if reflecting the famous song of the band – “Smoke on the water”. Fans of rock music were invited to the opening, who enjoyed the melodies of the legendary Deep Purple.

The idea of creating this mini-sculpture appeared in 2012, after the death of a rock legend. At the same time, fundraising began in the cafe “Under Lock and key”. For the creation of the sculpture collected 584 UAH in coins, which is 16 kg. First appeared an original idea to pour a sculpture out of coins, but in order for John Lord to come out good and high-quality, we decided to use bronze.

Jon Lord is depicted as a classic rocker of those times: drop glasses, vest, shoes with heels, cigarette in rutsі.

As told by Mikhail Kolodko, the author of the sculpture: “In glasses John Lord reflects an entire era when only Soviet pop music was played on TV, and Transcarpathians could secretly listen on the waves of the forbidden Hungarian radio the legendary Deep Purple”. It is from Transcarpathia, where due to the proximity of the border it was possible to listen to the radio and record Western rock hits, songs of Deep Pup and other Western rock bands spread throughout the USSR.

An interesting legend associated with a famous musician posted in his in the book “Uzhgorod – the world capital of mini-sculptures” Nadezhda Popadyuk. According to this legend, famous hit Smoke on the Water (“Smoke over water”) founder of the rock band Deep Purple John Lord wrote not in the Swiss city of Montreux, but in 1970 in Uzhgorod. Fate she arranged it so that young John Lord fell in love with a very beautiful stranger, who accidentally saw on the embankment of the river Uzh. Looking into her charming blue eyes, lost a sense of reality, as if charmed, he followed her. He followed the girl by the banks of the river until five in the morning, and only then realized that he himself did not know anything remembers, except for the deep fog and smoke over the water. It took him a long time to forget the face the girl and until his last breath, he could not figure out if she was real, or it’s just a haze.

In 2012, after the death of John Lord, over Uzhgorod rose thick fog, and the river was covered with impenetrable smoke, the city was sad. Only in the next one in the morning, Uzhgorod residents saw a mini-sculpture of the musician, which settled on the railing on the embankment above the river, Hoping to see those incredible blue eyes again.

In 2012, after the death of John Lord, over Uzhgorod rose They say you should wipe your glasses to find your true love Uzhgorod John Lord.

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