Monument to Leonid Utesov
Monument to Leonid Utesov in Odessa
Monument to Leonid Utesov
Monument to Leonid Utesov
Derebasovskaya street
This attraction is included in the following city tours
odessa downtown

This place are so popular, because according to the plan of the sculptor, the place on the bench next to the master is empty. Everyone can sit next to a famous performer and take a photo for memory. Local people like to sit by the local celebrity on their knees and, taking his hand, make a wish. Odessa citizens are sure that it will come true.

Monument to Leonid Utyosov, a famous Odessa performer and actor, located in the heart of the city, on the main street of Odessa, Deribasovskaya, in the City Garden. Its grand opening was held in the framework of the celebration of the 206th anniversary of Odessa on September 2, 2000.

Leonid Osipovich Utesov was Odessa citizen and very much loved his native city, considering it  the best on Earth. Utesov is considered the founder of such a musical direction in the USSR as jazz. At the beginning of the last century, he organized his band playing this music. His legacy includes several films with his participation and many songs, which have grown more than one generation of citizens of the former Soviet Union. In gratitude for his contribution to the development of the culture of Odessa and the whole country, it was decided to erect a monument in the very center of his native city of Leonid Utyosov.

Sculptor Alexander Tokarev portrayed Utyosov in such a way that he sits on a bench, resting after the concert. Next to him is an ancient telephone with the help of which those who wish can order a song performed by this remarkable singer. Melody will be heard by everyone who rests near the monument.

An interesting fact is that the monument was built on voluntary donations of grateful citizens. Now many residents and guests of Odessa prefer to spend their free time in the City Garden, taking pictures next to the sculpture on the bench.