Here's something you don't see every day--a giant metal head with a tiny figure balancing on top. It's called "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head." It was installed in downtown Richmond a few weeks ago.
Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang.
It is here as part of the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale.
It has already been vandalized at least once. Someone painted a skull & crossbones on it. That was cleaned off. In the picture above you may be able to see a bunch of cut flowers placed against its base, a more subtle commentary.
Among all your readers I might be the one who understands the last picture the most. It is clear that people who put flowers are used to live in the USSR. Yes, he was a bad guy. Now, we know that. But for many years, we associated him with good ideas. He was a part of our lives. The flowers might be not for him personnally, but for our lives, dreams, our past with its mistakes, bad and good times. Although, for some people he might still be a good guy...
Thanks for the explanation, Tatyana.
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