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Street Art: Bulgarian Monument to the Soviet Army Turns Red, White and Blue

June 22, 2011 Art

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Last weekend, the citizens of Sofia, Bulgaria awoke to find a public monument to Red Army defaced by an unknown interventionist. The statues of Soviet soldiers who “liberated” Bulgaria from the Nazis in 1944 were painted as Superman, Joker, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus, Captain America and other pop culture icons of capitalist Americana. Below it, a graffiti caption read: “In step with the times!” or “”abreast with the times!” depending on the translation. As you might guess this angered both Bulgarian and Russian officials who are actively searching for the artist some are calling the “Bulgarian Banksy”.  The clean-up process on the sculpture started on Tuesday morning even though 1,700 people rallied on Facebook against removing the artists’ work.

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