A statue of Freddie Mercury inaugurated in South Korea thanks to a fan

The culmination of a dream. There are now two statues representing the famous singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, around the world. The first was inaugurated in 2016 in Montreux (Switzerland), the singer’s place of residence. Made by the Czech sculptor Irena Sedlecká, it represents Freddie Mercury, his fist raised, during the famous concert given at Wembley in 1986.

The second has just been inaugurated on the seaside island of Jeju, in South Korea. The bronze work, representing, again, the leader of Queen with his arm raised, is the fruit of the investment and determination of an early fan who has become a businessman in his country. Baek Soon-Yeob, 57 and originally from Jeju, has been mobilizing for eight years to offer a monument to the glory of his idol.

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“I sent the first emails in 2014 to request the rights” from the Queen label, which takes care of the group’s image, explains Baek Soon-Yeob, whose remarks are reported by AFP. Despite their incessant reminders, the fan received no response from Queen until 2020, when the group, which included Adam Lambert on vocals, came to perform in the country for the first time following the phenomenal success met by Freddie Mercury’s biopic “Bohemian Rapsody”. Baek Soon-Yeob was thus able to meet members of the group and the label and prove to them the sincerity and seriousness of his approach.