Lenin statue in Seattle - Fremont

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The cast bronze sculpture of Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov Lenin was created by Emil Venkov, a Slavic artist who was worked in bronze for over thirty years and who is widely exhibited in Europe and the United States.

The sculpture of Lenin weights over 7 tons, it is 5m (16ft.) tall and it took ten years to complete. It was installed in Poprad, Slovakia in 1988. It is unique, probably the only representation portraying Lenin surrounded by guns and flames instead of holding a book or waving his hat. The sculptor, while fulfilling the requirements of his statue commission, was nevertheless able to express his vision of Lenin as a violent revolutionary, not just as an intellectual and theoretician.

Lewis Carpenter, an American veteran teaching in Poprad, found the sculpture lying face down after it was toppled in the 1989 Revolution. Carpenter recognized Venkov's skill and craftsmanship and the boldness of his portrayal, and was determined that the statue be preserved. Carpenter mortgaged his house to acquire the sculpture and brought it back to Issaquah. He died in 1994 and the statue is now owned by his family.

The bronze statue was bought to be saved against melting and brought in two separate parts to Seattle in 1995. The purchasing price was $13,000. Before the bought, the sculpture had been thrown away the Lenin's square in Poprad and inside the sculpture, there were homeless people sleeping at nights.

The Lenin statue is sited in Fremont only temporarily for viewing and sale, both to fulfill Carpenter's dream - that the work be seen and enjoyed and eventually find a permanent home - and to serve as a reminder of an important historical period. The sale price is $250,000 and the commission from the sale will go to the Fremont Chamber of Commerce for the support of community arts activities in Fremont, including: establishing an outdoor sculpture park and open air gallery, supporting the Fremont Arts Council Solstice parade, and starting an international artist-in-residence program.

The presence of sculpture of Vladimir Lenin has evoked a wide range of responses. If art is supposed to make us feel, not just feel good, then this sculpture is a successful work of art. The challenge is to understand that this piece means different things to different people and to learn to listen to each other and respect different opinions. From an artist's standpoint, all points of view are valid and important.

The Lenin's sculpture is placed in Fremont in the Artist's Republic of Fremont, as a symbol of an artistic spirit that outlasts regimes and ideologies, and as tangible proof that art does outlive politics.

Location of Lenin's sculpture

The intersection with the big statue of Lenin is the corner of Fremont Place North and North 36th Street in Fremont, Seattle, WA, USA. Look at the placemark on the Google Earth map. Lenin's sculpture is placed near a Cold War era rocket also displayed as public art.
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