Monday, May 12, 2008

Fame and Infamy

I was intrigued by this "best foot forward" detail the other day while walking in the Fremont neighborhood. Thirteen years ago, in 1995, I watched a crane place this bronze statue at the "Center of the Universe", as Seattle's Fremont neighborhood styles itself. The procedure was one of those breath-holding experiences for me. Now, in 2008 this statue stands a couple of blocks north of it's original location, still at the center of the universe. There is a very interesting story surrounding this art piece and apparently the statue is still for sale. If you're in the market for a large work of art, check into it. In 2006, according the this Wiki article, the asking price was only $250,000. For a more complete view of this statue of Vladimir Lenin created by Slovak Bulgarian sculptor Emil Venkov , click here for my "extra depth".

15 comments:

Bibi said...

Nice shot, Chuck. Original. I wonder what Lenin would think of standing next to a Taco del Mar!

Chuck Pefley said...

Bibi, he'd probably be happy eating warm food -:)

mirage2g said...

The wear shows how many years he's been standing there waiting to be brought home, I like the shot in the other blog too where the background is a maple tree...

USelaine said...

A great image and story. By 1995 (when I went over) there were very few communist artworks anywhere in Hungary either. I heard they gathered them all into an open air "museum" somewhere near or in Budapest, but I never got around to visiting it.

Tanya said...

Very nice...I'm sure when it's sold, many people of the city will miss it.

Ineke said...

I don't have a quarter of a million laying around but i sure like sculptures and bronze.
In hindsight i may do something with mothersday :)

Small City Scenes said...

Neat pic and great story. MB

Marcel said...

I like the statue, but the 1/4 million is out of my league. I guess I'll have to pass this time.

Kelly said...

I find it amusing that he is regularly outfitted in seasonally appropriate attire.

Marie-Noyale said...

Who would have thought that this statue would end up in Seattle,USA..
When you swear in,
to become an American,you have to swear that you are not a Communist... does not work for statues!!! ;~))

Your shots should be used by the Family to sell them!
I am afraid it would take too much room in my Living room!!

Ming the Merciless said...

When did Lenin become a beloved historical character? :-)

I read that even the Russians are not a fan of his.

raf said...

Gotta love Fremont. Good post!

USelaine said...

Ming, it's my impression that Lenin was the idealist. Stalin was the really deadly and nasty guy. He made Lenin look positively romantic.

Knoxville Girl said...

Very interesting shot, and interesting story behind the picture. Will comrade Lenin ever find a home? And why do statues in Fremont get the benefit of costumes? I remember seeing the the Waiting for the Interurban statue decked out in party gear. : )

d. chedwick said...

I love Marie-Noyale's comment! Great pic.

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