John Lennon has inspired a number of memorial tributes since his untimely death on December 8, 1980.
From Liverpool to New York City to Cuba, here are nine different memorial tributes to Lennon from around the world.
It should be no surprise that there are a number of Lennon tributes scattered throughout Liverpool. Among them is a statue outside the original location of the famous Cavern Club.
The Imagine Peace Tower, an outdoor art installation in Reykjavík, Iceland, was created by Yoko Ono and unveiled on Lennon’s 67th birthday.
Just like Liverpool, there are plenty of tributes to Lennon in New York City. Without a doubt, the most famous would have to be Strawberry Fields in Central Park.
Located in Cuba's capital, Parque John Lennon features a statue of the late musician sitting on a bench that was unveiled on December 8, 2000, the 20th anniversary of Lennon's death.
Located near the Cavern Club, The Hard Days Night Hotel is a four-star hotel that opened in 2008 and features 110 rooms. Statues of all of the Beatles can be found on the hotel's façade .
The Lennon Wall has been a popular tourist attraction for a number of years now. The wall and its graffiti was a reaction to Lennon’s death in 1980, and since Western imagery was banned in a then Czechoslovakia due to Communism rule, the wall was part tribute-part peaceful protest. In November 2014, the wall was suddenly painted white, and the message “Wall Is Over” was left. Days later, people started painting more Lennon graffiti on the blank canvas and changed the message to “War Is Over.”
Similar to Prague, The Lennon Wall in Hong Kong was a form of peaceful protest beginning in 2014. In the description of this photo via Getty Images, "The origins of Hong Kong's Lennon Wall dated back to the Umbrella Movement in 2014, when protesters covered a wall outside government headquarters with Post-it notes to express their frustrations and aspirations...'Lennon Wall' message boards became a phenomenon across Hong Kong in 2019 after protests against a controversial extradition bill began as hundreds and thousands of handwritten messages sprung up to show support for pro-democracy protesters."
In July 2015, Yoko One and U2's Bono and The Edge, in association with Amnesty International, helped unveil a special tapestry at Ellis Island that honored John Lennon.
In 2001, the Speke Airport in Liverpool was renamed the Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was on hand for the renaming ceremony, which included the unveiling of a 7-foot-tall bronze statue of Lennon.