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Statue of Lenin (Seattle)
Lenin statue in Fremont, Seattle, Washington
The Statue of Lenin
is a 16 foot (5 m) bronze sculpture
( Russian Communist revolutionary
) Vladimir Lenin
located in the Fremont
The statue was constructed by a Slovak Bulgarian
sculptor, Emil Venkov
, under commission from the Soviet and Czechoslovak
governments. While following the bounds of his commission, Venkov intended to portray Lenin as a bringer of revolution, in contrast to the traditional portrayals of Lenin as a philosopher and educator. His Lenin marches ahead fiercely, surrounded by torrid flames and symbols of war.
Venkov's work was completed and installed in Poprad
), in 1988, shortly before the fall of Czechoslovak communism
during the 1989 Velvet Revolution
. Despite popular belief, perhaps reinforced by toppling of Saddam's statue, the Poprad Lenin was not toppled in the demonstrations during the fall of communism
. Instead, it was quietly removed from Lenin's Square, in front of Poprad's main hospital, several months after the Velvet Revolution
Lewis E. Carpenter, a resident of Issaquah, Washington
, who was teaching English in Poprad, found the monumental statue lying in a scrapyard ready to be sold for the price of the bronze. In close collaboration with a local journalist and good friend, Tomáš Fülöpp, Carpenter approached the city officials with a claim that despite its current unpopularity, the sculpture was still a work of art worth preserving, and he offered to buy it for $13,000. After many bureaucratic hurdles, he finally signed a contract with the mayor on March 16, 1993.
Close up of the effigy
With the help of the original sculptor, the statue was professionally cut into three pieces and shipped to the United States at a total cost of $41,000. Lewis Carpenter financed much of that via mortgaging his home.
On February 18, 1994 in the midst of the uproar in Seattle that was set off by his import of a statue of a communist leader, Lewis Carpenter was killed in a car accident.
Lenin statue with red star for Christmas
Fremont is considered a quirky artistic community... During 'Gay Pride Week
', the statue is dressed in drag