The idea has been put forward by Andrius Kairys, a well-known Lithuanian drummer, and Viktoras Diawara, who manages a popular music venue in the Lithuanian capital, Loftas.

Loftas is to host a concert tribute to Prince in early June and use the revenue to fund the monument which would be in the shape of symbols representing the male and female genders, a sign that the late American performer often used on his album covers, Diawara has told lrytas.lt.

He says he has already approached Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius with the idea.

Prince, as Prince Roger Nelson is known, passed away last Thursday in his home near Minneapolis, aged 57. The Grammy and Oscar-winning artist achieved fame in the 1980s with hit songs like Purple Rain, Kiss and When Doves Cry.

Vilnius already has monuments for hit singers Frank Zappa and John Lennon, both popular tourist attractions.

Frank Zappa monument in Vilnius
Foto: DELFI (G.Karpavičiūtės nuotr.)