Lenin holding his own in the Center of the Universe. Creative Commons Photo by bwright923
The once great and powerful Communist dictator (much like the great and all powerful Oz) evokes a diverse array of feelings for many. For some it is disgust, fear and hatred for his brutality during his rise to power (unlike the great and all powerful of Oz). For the average Communist sympathizer, it harkens back to the good old days when the power of the people and the working class were not only an ethos, but a semi-working ideology. We'll just overlook the political assassinations, forced worker concentration camps and the formation of the Cheka (the peoples' secret service), but hey you got to crack some egg to make an omelet.
Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?
The present day concerns in Seattle over this iconic figure boil down to whether or not this 16-foot-tall, 8 and a half ton bronze cast statue should continue his residence in Freaky Fremont. Some feel the statue offensive, citing the aforementioned reasons. Others feel that it adds character to the small Republic. After all isn't it just a piece of art? Isn't Fremont, well Fremont?
Yes, Fremont is known not only as The Center of the Universe, but also as The Artist Republic of Fremont, a throw back to it's role in the Counter Culture movement of the 60's and 70's. Still a haven of culture, yet invading Hipsters have spoiled much of the scene according to many.
Would you like to own Lenin? Well, you're in luck. The Lenin statue is for sale! Last asking price $250,000.
Not to shabby. Not to shabby indeed.
Who wouldn't want to have this baby on the front lawn of their split ranch, Lenin's judging glare looking sternly down his pointy nose through your dining room window, as you chow down your bourgeois BigMac.
Beautiful, isn't it? Creative Commons Photo by piero
Send inquiries to these guys, The Fremont Chamber of Commerce. 35 percent of the proceeds go to the starving hipster artists of Fremont.
The Back Story
Originally completted and installed in Poprad, Czechoslovakia by Emil Venkov and fished in 1988, the statue was removed shortly after the Velvet Revolution of 1989. It spent some time (length unknown) in a scrape yard outside the city only to be found by an American teaching abroad named Lewis E Carpentor.
Mr. Carpentor a scholar (and gentlemen) reconsigned the unique nature and expression of the artists work. This particular piece depicted the great Lenin surrounded by flames and bayonets whereas traditionally he was represented as a scholar or philosopher. In true American capitalist entrepreneurship Mr. Carpentor had the statue chopped, shipped and brought back to the United States.
His death in a car accident shortly after the arrival of the statue to Seattle soil, brought the ownership of Lenin under the estate. An estate which promptly offered it up on display where it now resides in the little Republic of Fremont.