Sunday, 16 November 2008


Red Square, a 130-unit rental apartment house
at 250, East Houston Street, between Avenues
A & B, was built in 1989, the year of the fall of the Soviet Union. The 18-foot Lenin statue by Yuri Gerasimov, was originally a state-commissiomed work, but the Soviet Union's implosion prevented it from going on public display.

The statue was found by a friend of the developer of this apartment building in the backyard of a dacha outside Moscow.

The developers have made a postcard that reads "Greetings from Red Square" depicting Lenin with his right arm raised victoriously over the downtown skyline.

Notice that Lenin faces Wall Street, capitalism's emblem, and the Lower East Side, "the home of the socialist movement." The statue was voted "Best Homage to a Foreign Despot" by the Village Voice in 2003.

The numbers on the clock behind Lenin are randomly placed. The reason being that the design was based on the "Askew" watch featuring in the Museum of Modern Art Collection.

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