“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” — Lenin
Monument to last Japanese wolf.
Wolves in Japan became extinct during the Meiji restoration period, an extermination known as ōkami no kujo. The wolf was deemed a threat to ranching which the Meiji government promoted at the time, and targeted via a bounty system and a direct chemical extermination campaign inspired by the similar contemporary American campaign. The last Japanese wolf was a male killed on the 23 January 1905 near Washikaguchi (now called Higashi Yoshiro) Honshū Wolf monument in Nara Prefecture, Japan. This monument inscribed with a haiku was erected in the village of Higashi-Yoshino. The haiku by Toshio Mihashi says:
With that wolf
That is no more.”
Ian Hamilton Finlay. Man With Panzerschreck, 1993. Plaster and metal, 61 x 17 3/8 x 19 1/4”, 155 x 44 x 49 cm.
Lenin at the Bottom of the World;
Scientists trekking towards the South Pole of Inaccessibility were rather surprised to find a bust of Soviet revolutionary Bolshevik Vladimir Lenin peering across the icy wastelands towards the former Soviet Empire.
The bust marks the place where an old Soviet base was established and occupied for a few weeks in 1958. The cabin which made up the base now lies buried under the ice. Before the Soviet team left, they fixed a bust of Lenin on the chimney which is now the only part of the structure visible over the ice.
The Inaccessibility Pole marks the point on Antarctica that is furthest from the ocean. At 3718 meters above sea-level it is in the Australian zone and seldom visited. Supposedly, if you dig down through the ice and into the remains of the cabin, you’ll find a golden visitors book to sign.
This hand-painted cat statue is $90,000.00. That’s ninety thousand dollars more than an actual cat. But that’s not the best part. The description, written in some sort of hybrid ebay dialect, includes the nugget “(c) 1992.” Which means this person’s been trying to sell this ninety thousand dollar cat for twenty years.
Dismantled statue of Stalin in Budapest, Hungary ca. 1990.
Giant Warrior in Ghibli Museum
Toymunkey Studios Painted Pyramid Head statue (Pending Approval)
Toymunkey Studios in collaboration with Gecco Corp is proud to announce a new line of PVC Statues based on the popular Konami video game series and hit movie Franchise Silent Hill 2! First shown in unpainted form at Comicon 2012, this debut release promises to capture all the horror and suspense of the original series. These incredibly detailed prepainted 1/6 scale figures are constructed of durable PVC and are due this Fall/Winter. More products will be shown soon!
Just recently unveiled at Wonder Festival Japan for the first time, the painted RPT is represented in all his horrific glory! These official pictures of the Painted RPT are still PENDING APPROVAL by Licensor and may differ slightly from the final product as the masterful paintwork is complete and is approved. Please stay tuned for more official pictures and approved work in future updates!
Toymunkey Studios….A LVL-UP in Toys!
Source: SH Historical Society
A Soviet helicopter flying past one of the two Buddhas of Bamiyan in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (140 mi) northwest of Kabul, 1980.
The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco.
The statues were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were “idols”. International opinion strongly condemned the destruction of the Buddhas, which was viewed as an example of the intolerance of the Taliban.
On 8 September 2008 archeologists searching for a legendary 300-metre statue at the site of the already dynamited Buddhas, announced the discovery of an unknown 19-metre (62-foot) reclining Buddha, a pose representing Buddha’s passage into nirvana.
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