Saturday, October 11, 2014

After the fall

If you’ve followed OTN over the years you’ve also followed many stories about when good art turns bad. In Ukraine at the moment there is a spectacular example of this as statues of Lenin are toppled one after the other. Last week it was the turn for the largest of them all at a massive eight meters on top of a tall plinth. It took the tumble after protesters gass axed through one of its legs and the crowd pulled hard on a rope tied round Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov’s neck. So far this year around 160 have been toppled and between Feburary 20 and 24 alone over 90 statues of Lenin came down. You can read a full account here at the Washington Post and watch the giant Lenin fall here.