Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in Fremont

Vladimir Ilyich LeninI posted a full-on photo of old Ilyich earlier this year. But he was standing in front of a falafel shop and nail salon.This time I thought I would give him a more appropriate background.I took this shot at the same time as the other but I was standing at his toes and shooting up at his head 16 feet above.For the previous photo and the story behind why he's standing on a street corner in the funky Fremont district of Seattle, click here: http://robertsjohnj.smugmug.com/DailyPhotos/2011-Daily-Photo/15278955_3Cro2#1182046551_cvHWf-A-LB

I posted a full-on photo of old Ilyich earlier this year. But he was standing in front of a falafel shop and nail salon.This time I thought I would give him a more appropriate background.

I took this shot at the same time as the other but I was standing at his toes and shooting up at his head 16 feet above.

For the previous photo, click here: http://robertsjohnj.smugmug.com/DailyPhotos/2011-Daily-Photo/15278955_3Cro2#1182046551_cvHWf-A-LB

This 16 foot bronze statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin stands on a corner in Fremont (aka The Artists’ Republic of Fremont, Center of the Known Universe). Anywhere else it would be controversial but here, in the original counter-culture center of Seattle, it is just one more curiosity. It originally stood in Lenin Square in Poprad, Slovakia. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union it was sent to the scrap heap where it was bought by a Seattle artist who was teaching there at the time. He mortgaged his home to ship it here but he was killed in a car accident before he could find a permanent home for it.

It and other Fremont artworks are often dressed up for various festivities. During the annual Solstice Parade (where people ride bikes in the nude down the main street) it has been dressed up to look like John Lennon. During Gay Pride Week it has been dressed in drag.

A note of interest to photographers: Fremont is the headquarters for Getty Images and Adobe Systems.

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