The Saga Of The Leonard Cohen 80th Birthday Bench On Hydra

In The Beginning …

Help Buy Leonard Cohen A New Bench For His 80th Birthday

In 2014, (Cohencentric’s predecessor) joined with LeonardCohenForum and Speaking Cohen in a campaign to commemorate Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday by gathering funds for a bench on Hydra, Greece. At that time, the post pointed out that

An appropriate site has been selected and architectural plans drawn up. Now, the fundraising has begun.

The means by which to make a contribution as well as a description of the project, photos and videos of the site, a rundown on the costs, and an explanation of the significance of Hydra to Leonard Cohen can be found at

Of course, there is always the risk that the fundraising campaign will fall short. Consequently, DrHGuy devised a fallback plan, should that dire fate befall the project.

It turns out that raising the money was the easy step. The goal was quickly met and exceeded. Since then, however, the local and national bureaucracies responsible for monuments on Hydra stymied the construction of the bench.

June 2015: The Stealth Bench

In 2015, Russian Intelligence (in the person of Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner) reported from Hydra that recently arrived Dutch and Irish agents have surreptitiously deployed this stealth bench, constructed of exotic materials and embedded with sophisticated cloaking technology to create the illusion to the naked eye and in photographs that the massive facility is little more than a board and a couple of stones.

June 2017: Bench Construction

This photo, taken June 4, 2017 by Caren & Hans Kloss, of the Leonard Cohen bench under construction preceded official notification that the governmental hassles had been resolved.

Happily, the commemorative bench was completed just prior to the 2017 Hydra Meet-Up.

Views From Bench

An Finally



Credit Due Department: The iconic photo just under the heading, In The Beginning, was taken by Dominique Issermann. Thanks to Roman Gavrilin, who shot the stealth bench photo and to Caren & Hans Kloss, who shot the photo of the Leonard Cohen bench under construction.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted June 16, 2017,

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