Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Our Great Nation, in Bad Statues

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9. Bruce Lee. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bruce Lee, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Turbo-folk is a burning of a nation. Turbo-folk is not music. Turbo-folk is the beloved of the masses,” said singer-songwriter Rambo Amadeus in the late 1980s. He coined the term as a joke, but "turbo sculpture" soon came to encapsulate a very real rise of celebrity-love amidst the post-war Eastern European cultural crisis. This 2005 bronze of Bruce Lee, the first of its kind, was vandalized and stripped of his nunchuks only hours after his unveiling. He was followed by statues of Rocky Balboa and Samantha Fox in Serbia, a monument to Johnny Weissmuller in Romania, and many more.

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