Thursday, February 28, 2008
Find the Cross of Freedom...
For many Estonians, the idea to erect a central monument to the War of Independence has become a hotly disputed issue.
The monument design -- a cross atop a tall glass obelisk -- appears to be the main bone of contention and the rhetoric, at least from Estonia's notoriously active Internet commentators, has become increasingly strident.
Do you believe that it's an idea whose time (tick tock, tick tock) has come, and that Tallinn needs a centrepiece to the fight for independence, which anyone in their right mind agrees is a sacred thing?
Or are you a pinko sots with artistic leanings who doesn't want a high-rise tombstone? Maybe you're a pagan?
You can vote your preference in my poll to the right, which is less loaded -- a simple anonymous yes or no.
My take? Personally, I'm just happy Freedom Square will no longer be a parking lot. But the price tag does seem a bit high. In the end, I voted "for".
Some of the comments so far: Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who may be unimpressive but is ever vocal on the subject of monuments and sports, has chimed in, saying that to not put up the monument would be like postponing the Olympics.
Some supporters make good common-sense points, noting that it's not the designers' fault that the most pre-eminent symbol of the War of Independence is the cross, and putting an armoured train (which helped win the war) on a pedestal would not be very aesthetic.
Opponents point out the price tag (US $7-10 million); deride it as un-European, by which I think they mean anachronistic; and say the monument will not suit the historical integrity of its surroundings.
Posted by Kristopher at 10:15 AM