The Bruce Lee Statue In Mostar Pays Tribute To A Legend

Bruce Lee Statue Mostar
The Bruce Lee Statue In Mostar Pays Tribute To A Legend – If you happen to be taking a stroll through Mostar’s Park Zrinjevac, you may be surprised to find a life-sized statue of Bruce Lee with nunchucks in hand.

Is there really a Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar?

Bruce Lee Statue Mostar
If anything is weird and offbeat, this Bruce Lee statue in Mostar certainly fits the bill. It was erected on November 26, 2005, right around the time of the martial arts star’s 65th birthday, and was the world’s very first Bruce Lee statue. Standing 1.68 metres high, it’s only slightly shorter than the real man who measured in at 1.72 metres.

Created by Croatian sculptor Ivan Fijolic and oddly funded by the German government, the statue was a symbol of solidarity to an ethnically divided Mostar. It was thought that everyone loved Bruce Lee, regardless of whether or not they were Croatian, Serbian or Bosnian.

The Bruce Lee statue was commissioned by a youth group called Mostar Urban Movement. Just like the the Mostar Street Art Festival also spearheaded by youth, the statue was intended to bring a message of peace in a fun and lighthearted way.

Bruce Lee Statue Mostar
It was originally placed in the Spanish Square but was vandalized shortly thereafter. Sadly, the statue had to be removed and was only returned in 2013, when it was placed in the city park.

Tourist with Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar
Thankfully, tourists like me can now do their part and take pictures of themselves acting like complete goofballs.

If you think this statue in Mostar is weird, you should check out the Cat on a bike sculpture in Brussels and the Michael Jackson memorial in Munich.

Good to Know

  1. Mostar is well known for its bridge, but did you know that the city has a burgeoning street art scene?
  2. Checking out and/or posing with the Bruce Lee statue is only one reason why you should go to Mostar. Find out all the reasons why you should put Mostar on your travel agendas ASAP.
  3. Read our guide of the best hotels and B&Bs in Mostar

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Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar

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13 Comments

  1. The Bruce Lee statue definitely fits the weird and offbeat bill. I found the story behind it totally interesting — love this kind of thing. I also like learning about all places and I’d never heard of Mostar before — thanks!

  2. Thanks Cathy! It has a nice messages behind it and I can definitely support that. Mostar and Bosnia is totally worth a visit, you should definitely make a visit. 🙂

  3. Hey Mary – It really does. In a place where it can be easy to become overwhelmed at the injustices that happened during the war, it’s nice to have something fun to do in Mostar.

  4. Hey Tash,

    Yeah, I’m not sure how far one can stretch the cultural unity concept with a Bruce Lee statue but I love the statue all the same.

    It’s nice to see something that can make you laugh in the midst of a town that’s otherwise full of dark and sad history.

    Cheryl

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