Tear of Grief: massive. ignored.
November 19, 2011 12:08 AM Subscribe
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You probably don't know about a giant 10-story tall Russian memorial to war dead on American soil. It's not a trick statement, like on the contested Commander Islands
in the Bering Sea. No, real America. New Jersey. It's called To the Struggle Against World Terrorism
(or "Tear of Grief") and was installed in 2006
on the end of a working pier, facing the Statue of Liberty, prime real estate. Snopes
created a page after incredulous queries. You can see it on Google Maps
The sculpture is by Georgian-Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli
. He's the president of the Russian Academy of the Arts
. Reportedly his "grandfather" paid for it (12 million dollars), and he obtained the metal "From a military factory that did airplanes. Dzerzhinsk
. A secret city." Putin and Clinton showed up for the inauguration.
The sculpture appears to be a "white elephant"
. It didn't get much press and was called "a giant tea biscuit", and "one of the worlds ugliest statues." He's made other large statues, but among certain Muscovites they have a saying, “That’s just plain Tsereteli,” meaning something that's useless and tasteless. Yet, many non-artist-types seem to like it. The Port Authority has since bought the land
and wants to move it, but a local taxi driver has started a petition
to keep it in there.