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Frank Zappa Bust

The likeness of the Baltimore music icon was unveiled in time for the anniversary of his Senate hearings on music censorship. 

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Unveiled in time for the 25th anniversary of his Senate hearings on music censorship, this bust of Frank Zappa is a tribute to the avant-garde Baltimore icon who passed away in 1993.

Sitting in front of the latest addition to Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, the bust was created from the original bust by Konstantinas Bogdanas(a sculptor who “normally does busts of Stalin”) and commissioned for the Frank Zappa fan club in Vilnius, Lithuania.  A few years after the original memorial was erected, the popularity of Frank Zappa in Lithuania had grown and the fan club decided to give a bust to Zappa’s hometown of Baltimore. 

At Christmastime, the bust is adorned with a Santa hat.  The street near the library has also been (unofficially) renamed Frank Zappa Way. 

Know Before You Go

Street parking is ample, but do not idle too long in front of the library to avoid a ticket.

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