January 19, 1991 |
Bulgarian officials Friday began removing a giant statue of V. I. Lenin that has dominated central Sofia for 25 years. At midnight, workers moved in and carried away to an unknown destination the upper half of the 50-foot statue mounted opposite the former Communist Party headquarters in the capital, leaving just the legs. The Bulgarian Parliament has ordered the removal of "foreign" symbols like communist red stars and hammer-and-sickle emblems from all public buildings.
April 6, 2003 |
A statue of Abraham Lincoln commemorating the 16th U.S. president's only visit to the one-time capital of the Confederacy was dedicated with speeches and ceremony. "He came as a man of the people among the people, not as a conqueror but as a friend," said historian Harold Holzer, co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, quoting an eyewitness to the visit on April 5, 1865. The Sons of Confederate Veterans denounced the statue as an insult to the Confederacy.
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June 14, 1996 |
Warner Center now has its own "Fernando." A statue of a Native American in the Van Nuys Civic Center, Fernando stands as an icon for Fernando Award Inc., formed in 1958 to honor community members who work to improve the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley. In 1963, the organization erected the life-size bronze statue as a tribute to the Valley's first settlers. Since then, the Valley has grown westward, while the statue has had decreased visibility and increased maintenance problems.
July 8, 2005 |
A group is raising money to build a 10-foot statue of actor James Garner in front of a theater in his hometown of Norman, Okla. Organizers want to build a James Garner Commemorative Plaza and install the statue facing the Sooner Theatre. The plaza would cost about $185,000 and is tentatively planned to open in April. Garner, born in Norman in 1928, starred in the TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files." His film credits include "The Great Escape," "Space Cowboys" and "Murphy's Romance."
October 14, 2007 |
Opposition protesters egged and then tore down a bronze statue of former Mexican President Vicente Fox just hours after it was erected. Workers put up the commemorative statue before dawn in the city of Boca del Rio, in Veracruz state. But about 100 protesters surrounded the figure about 9 a.m. The crowd launched eggs at the statue, fastened a rope around its neck and pulled it to the ground.
October 6, 1996 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton, an admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt, unveiled an 8-foot bronze and stone statue of the crusading former first lady and joked about her famous imaginary conversations with Roosevelt. "When I last spoke with Mrs. Roosevelt, she wanted me to tell all of you how pleased she is by this great, great new statue," the first lady said to thousands who gathered for the unveiling in Manhattan's Riverside Park. The statue, the work of artist Penelope Jencks, depicts Mrs.
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July 27, 2003 |
Thieves stole a $20,000 bronze Buddha statue from a Koreatown temple earlier this month, police said Saturday. The 3-foot-tall, 200-pound statue was taken from the Kwan Um Temple in the 4200 block of West 3rd Street on July 2, police said. The figure, imported from Korea, depicts a seated Buddha with his right leg crossed and right hand raised. Police would not say why the theft was not made public sooner. Further details of the crime were not disclosed.
March 9, 2007 |
While reaffirming that it still intends to transfer ownership of one of its most prized artifacts, a statue of the goddess Aphrodite, to Italy, the J. Paul Getty Museum says it will convene a panel of scholars in two months to plan scientific detective work needed to settle unanswered questions concerning the piece, which the Italian government claims as a looted antiquity.
May 28, 2008 |
Ernesto "Che" Guevara has returned to Buenos Aires, his defiant expression immortalized in a bronze statue. Guevara left the capital in 1953 to travel the continent and join the Cuban Revolution, becoming a political icon. Now, after a tour of Buenos Aires, a 3-ton, 13-foot bronze replica of his image will tower over a plaza in the town of Rosario, his birthplace, topped with his famed starred beret.
October 29, 2003 |
Andy and Opie are on a permanent fishing trip -- immortalized in a bronze statue unveiled Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., by Andy Griffith, whose portrayal of a genial Southern sheriff became a TV staple. The sculpture depicts the scene in the opening credits of "The Andy Griffith Show" in which Sheriff Andy Taylor walks to a fishing hole with his son, Opie.