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One of the many one-of-a-kind bargains that can be found at the Fremont Sunday Flea Market is this sixteen foot, seven ton statue of Vladimir Lenin, the first leader of communist Russia. Finding this statue on a street corner in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, would be enough to fulfill all of the suspicions of any naysayer of the liberal left coast. In this case though, it is not the artwork itself that is important, but the story behind it.
It was created by Emil Venkov, a Slavic artist who has worked in bronze for over thirty years and who is now widely exhibited in Europe and the United States. It was installed in what is now modern Slovakia in 1988. It is a unique representation of Lenin, portraying him surrounded by guns and flames, instead of the usual portraits that show him holding a book or waving his hat. The sculptor wanted to convey a subtle form of protest, by expressing his vision of Lenin as a violent revolutionary and not just as an intellectual and theoretician.
In 1989, after the Velvet Revolution, the American teacher, Lewis Carpenter, found this statue lying facedown in the mud, ready to be sold for scrap. He purchased it and then working with the original artist had it eventually transported to Seattle in 1994. Carpenter financed all of this with a mortgage on his house. In the midst of the uproar in Seattle that was set off by his import of a statue of a communist leader, Lewis Carpenter was killed in a car accident. The Carpenter family continues to try to sell the statue. Their asking price has risen over the years from $150,000 to $250,000.
Fremont is a quirky artistic community, so the statue has found a home of sorts. During Christmastime the statue is topped with a red star. It was once made to look like John Lennon. During Gay Pride Week it is dressed in drag.
Jay’s Compass Rose
Bowron Lake Provincial Park is located in the Cariboo Mountains of northern British Columbia. The park is known for its rugged glaciated mountains, cold deep lakes, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. The park’s main attraction is a 72 mile canoe circuit, which follows lakes, rivers, with short portages between waterways. This trip takes about a week to complete. In June of 2000, when he was 15, Dan accompanied his relatives, Robin, who was also 15, Aimeé, Robin’s mother and Anne’s cousin and Betty, Aimeé’s mother and Anne’s aunt. They had graciously invited Dan on this their great adventure.
This is really Danny’s story, but I’ll tell it anyway. I had another post in mind for tonight, a rant, but the bombings in Boston made that post seem irrelevant. I first thought of writing about the bombings and began pawing through our photo archive for some relevant photograph of Boston. Instead I found these pictures that Dan had taken while at Bowron. The world will not miss nor long remember what I might have written about today’s bombings. Think of this retrospective as a much needed diversion from the 24/7 babble that is on all the other media outlets, besides it dovetails with this morning’s post.
Dan’s adventure began before he ever left Saint Louis. Fog had socked in the airport the night before, so chaos ruled at Lambert the morning of his departure. TWA had already rescheduled his departure on a later direct flight to Seattle, but this change wouldn’t work for us. Dan had to land early enough so that Aimeé and company could catch the last ferry back to Lopez Island for the night. While we were waiting in line, I called the airline’s 800 phone number. I explained our situation and they were willing to book a flight on another airline. The problem now was that instead of a direct flight, Dan had a connecting flight through O’Hare. I’ve done plenty of OJ runs through O’Hare, so with some trepidation we bade him farewell. As it turned out, his connection was at the adjoining gate.
The Google map shows the Bowron waterways as a near perfect parallelogram. The tour was well guided and outfitted and Dan had a great time. A couple of stories came out of this trip. The first one was Dan’s; there was a tailwind down a long lake. Robin and Dan rigged a sail with their paddles as twin masts and a tarp as their sail. They glided effortlessly past their party with the wind at their back. The other story was about Dan. He had the habit of leaving things behind. Robin and Dan had to more than once retrace their course, always accompanied by guides. The tour guides decided to teach him a lesson. In the end, Dan found his luggage sealed with duct tape.
The Glass Forest
The photo with this post is of a Dale Chihuly artwork entitled, the Glass Forest. We saw it on display last fall at Chihuly Garden and Glass, located in the shadow of the Space Needle. The following is part of the museum’s write-up:
The Glass Forest elements were crafted by simultaneously blowing and pouring molten glass from the top of a stepladder to the floor, where the deflated bubbles solidify. The glass stalks or stems are arranged in an enclosed space and illuminated with electrically charged neon and argon lamps. With their globular collapsed bases and gracefully ascending stalks, they are both shaped by and also seem to defy gravity.
After work today, I went for another bike ride in Forest Park, for the fourth day in a row. It was just a short little out and back. The weather was warm and windy. There was a lot of debris in the streets, from last night’s downpour.
Sleepless in Saint Louis
Rightly, it should be Sleepless in Seattle, Nora Ephron’s best movie, in my humble opinion. Harry? Sally? I love this movie’s sound track most of all. Sleepless is available this month on Amazon Prime. We watched it together last night. I’ve watched An Affair to Remember and recognize its emotional pull. Watching the ending of that movie tears at my heartstrings almost as much as the ending of that other classic movie, The Dirty Dozen. Like when, Jim Brown was throwing those hand grenades down those airshafts. 😉