Vladimir Lenin Statue, Seattle

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The Statue of Lenin in Seattle is a bronze sculpture of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, by Bulgarian sculptor Emil Venkov. It completed and put on display in Czechoslovakia in 1988. The statue was taken down following the Velvet Revolution of 1989. It was bought by an American in 1993, who moved it to Washington in the US. Since 1995 it has been up for sale and on display in an outdoor retail property in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.
The statue was constructed by Bulgarian sculptor Emil Venkov (1937–2017) under a 1981 commission from the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. 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.
Venkov's work was completed and installed in Poprad, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), in 1988 at a cost of, shortly before the fall of Czechoslovak communism during the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Despite popular belief, 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.
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  • Though Lenin is the most famous name of Communism, he didn't live up to its ideals. The apartments he lived in were often quite big, and the estate on which he spent his last few years is HUGE. He was...  more »
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  • Very interesting statue in the heart of Fremont. Not sure why it's here and, by the looks of it graffiti wise, neither are others. Worth a walk by and a picture as it is a pretty statue and very interesting. Fremont has other art close by as well.
  • Wow. I had no idea there was a communist statue here in Seattle! The monument is impressive and I enjoyed reading about the history behind it. So there's a debate on getting rid of it...

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