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This is not a great foto, but it is a great sculpture by a great artist with a great story.
Albín Polášek was born in Frenštát, Moravia in 1879. At the age of 22, he emigrated to the United States. He created more than 400 works of monumental sculpture during his lifetime.
This one is called "Primeval Struggle." Dear Czech friends! Can you translate the inscription for us? It stands outside a school that Polášek attended as boy, in Frenštát.
I post this foto, despite its lack of technical merit, because I have not found other fotos of this sculpture anywhere on the internet, and because it has a great story!
Although it is inscribed "1914-1918," the sculpture is "about" the Czech people's struggle against invaders. As the Nazis were approaching Frenštát, men from the school moved this massive piece and buried it, fearing that the Nazis would destroy it. After the war, it was recovered and re-installed.
Originally shot on 35mm Tri-X.

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