A whimsical statue of John Lennon sits on a small, slightly out-of-the-way plaza across from the La Soledad church. Sculptor José Ramón Villa's work marks the spot where, in 1966, Costa Ricans smashed Beatles records in protest of Lennon's statement that the iconic pop group was "more popular than Jesus." The official name of the statue is Imagine All the People Living Life in Peace, evoking the lyrics of Lennon's song Imagine. After nearly five decades,
bygones are apparently bygones: residents and tourists alike enjoy having their photos taken sitting with the casually seated figure.
C. 9, Avda. 4, San José, 10104, Costa Rica