Courtesy of The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art John Lennon visited Bermuda in the summer of 1980. Tragically, as events would turn out, it was to be his last trip abroad. However, during his stay here, he found Bermuda to be a muse of great inspiration. His last album, Double Fantasy, was probably taken from a sign he had seen in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens during one of his walks with his son Sean. There is some controversy around the title Double Fantasy, as some think it referred to an oleander whilst others a freesia. It is most unlikely he saw a freesia, as they only bloom here in the months of February and March. He was able to visit many places freely and do as he wished, despite his fame. In recognition of his historic visit, the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art undertook to have designed and constructed a statue so that his time here would be remembered. Placed at the entrance to the museum, it can be easily viewed and is accessible throughout the week. The sculpture is quickly becoming a tourist destination, and many visitors have their photographs taken next to it. The sculpture was designed by wellknown Bermudian artist Graham Foster, who incorporated much of Lennon’s philosophy of life into the sculpture by placing doves of peace, the Bermudiana flower, his Rickenbacker guitar and, of course, his signature “granny glasses.” Masterworks Museum is located in the Botanical Gardens and is easily accessible by taking bus routes 1, 2 and 7. The museum is behind Camden House, the official residence of the Premier of Bermuda in Paget.
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