Immediately after Igor Fokin's death, a memorial fund was established and several benefits were held to raise money for the pupeteer's family. There was a tremendous outpouring of money, condolences and support from the local community and friends of the family in the months following his passing. At the base of the granite pedestal which "DooDoo" (Igor's favorite puppet) sits on, are three bronze bricks with a memorial inscription. The plaque not only memorializes Igor, but pays tribute to all street performers. The location of the memorial is on the corner of One Brattle Square, where Igor worked most often and performed his final show. It was designed so as to not interfere or make it difficult for other performers to use the spot for future shows.
A graduate of the St. Petersburg Theatrical Institute in Russia, Fokin moved to Cambridge, MA in the summer of 1993 and was instantly surrounded by mesmerized admirers. Children and adults were captivated by the intricate, gentle and life-like character of his creations. By the end of the summer, he had established himself as one of the most popular acts in the Boston area. In the summer of 1996, he performed at the Olympic festivities in Atlanta.
Konstantin Simun was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1934 and has lived with his family in the Boston area since 1988. He has a degree in sculpture from the Repin Art Institute in Leningrad and has completed several large and small public art commisions. His work is part of the permanent collections of many of the largest museums in Russia.
The memorial was commissioned through the CAC's Public Art Program and from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Fund for the Arts, a restricted fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as with contributions from Harvard Square businesses.