Hector Astudillo, the Governor of Guerrero, and Enrique de la Madrid, the nation's Secretary of Tourism, joined forces on Sunday (26Mar17) to unveil the tribute piece in the city of Acapulco, where the bronze artwork stands at the entrance of the Symphony of the Sea amphitheatre, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Sculptor Edysa Ponzanelli was commissioned to create the statue, named Eternal Love, which features Juan wearing a fringed jacket, looking up to the skies with his arms outstretched.

Sunday's event also featured a special concert, with artists including Aida Cuevas performing covers of Juan's hits.

It's the latest artwork honouring Gabriel. Officials in Cancun, Mexico also celebrated his legacy with a bust in his likeness in September (16). The veteran musician had been expected to attend the unveiling in person before his unexpected death in August (16).