The Statue of Lenin is a 16 ft (5 m) bronze statue of Russian Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States. It was created by Bulgarian-born Slovak sculptor Emil Venkov and initially put on display in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in 1988, the year before the Velvet Revolution. After the dissolution of the USSR, a wave of de-Leninization and freedom brought about fall of many monuments in the former Soviet sphere. In 1993, the statue was bought by an American who had found it lying in a scrapyard. He brought it home with him to Washington State but died before he could carry out his plans for formally displaying it.
Since 1995, the statue has been held in trust waiting for a buyer, standing on temporary display for the last 27 years on a prominent street corner in Fremont. It has become a local landmark, frequently being either decorated or vandalized. The statue has sparked political controversy, including criticism for being communist chic and not taking the historic meaning of Leninism and communism seriously (or taking it too seriously), or by comparing the purported acceptance of such a charged political symbol to the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials.
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Michael Td Roberts | Apr 28, 2018
This is great landmark to get your picture taken in downtown Fremont. Its a little hard to climb on the statue but its possible, for those who are not athletic might need some help of friends. There is a 7-ton statue of Vladimir Lenin in Seattle. It’s 16-feet tall, made of bronze and has resided in the city’s eclectic and very free-spirited Fremont neighborhood since 1995. It was created in Slovakia by artist Emil Venkov between 1978 and 1988, when it was installed in the city of Poprad, not far from the Polish border. A year later, as the Soviet Union broke apart, the statue was taken down.
Bruno Caminada | May 1, 2018
Huge statue! It's way bigger than what I expected. Fascinating work of art.
Joscelyn Watson | Mar 24, 2018
One of the greats. Few have accomplished so much and actually been the change they wanted to see in such a critical way, nor on such a massive scale. You disagree with his changes, his vision, his ethics, his methods? You oppose that which he stood for or the remnants of change he left behind?? Then perhaps take a step back and at least learn from his unfailing and self-driven determination to change the world around him and his absolute refusal to be denied his vision, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable oppugnancy and unabated antipathy, and go be the change YOU want to see. I can all but guarantee that if you do somehow manage even a percent of the success that he did, you will leave behind an endless sea of outspoken critics proclaiming that the world would have been better off without and seek to devilize your image as well.
ironic hippo97 | May 6, 2018
communism killed 900million people directly thats why i liek thea statuee
Joe Bussell | Apr 8, 2018
With all the statues of horrible humans being torn down, why is this still here? The fries at Sinbad are really great. Not liking having to walk past this villain to get the good eats.
# Uno Is Lord ! | May 24, 2018
This VIPER should be removed genocide communist SPEW! No wonder there is so much confusion in Washington! I'll stay far from Seattle when visiting Washington don't want to see this disgrace on American Soil ! There should be a NATIVE statue THE REAL AMERICANS ON OUR SOIL NOT SOME DEMON that's not even American .I'D rather visit Spokompton this statue should be melted down ! Robert E. Lee was removed and so many more SMH because of sissy🐒 lala's . What politician approved this?😷 The Georgia guidestone should be removed to and be replaced with Native Americans! a'ho 😍
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