Memorial of Rebirth
Public Art : Memorial of Rebirth
Also Known As: "A potato skewered on a stake",
an "olive on a toothpick", "the potato of the revolution" and "the vector with the crown".
Original Name: The memorial was originally named
"Eternal Glory to the Heroes and the Romanian Revolution of December 1989" (Glorie Eterna Eroilor si Revolutiei
Romane din Decembrie 1989).
Sculptor: © Alexandru Ghildus
Description: The Memorial of Rebirth is a
25-meter-high marble pillar (the Victory’s Pyramid) featuring a metal crown wrapped around it. The
memorial commemorates those who fought and gave their lives during the Romanian Revolution of 1989, that saw the
end of Communism in Romania. At the base of the pillar is a wall listing the names of 1058 martyrs who were
killed in the revolution.
Date Unveiled: The Memorial of Rebirth was
inaugurated in August, 2005.
Cost : €1.5 million
Location : The Rebirth memorial is located in
Revolution Square, where Romania's Communist-era dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, was publicly overthrown in December
Controversy : The memorial is so
disliked by the majority of the population that during a recent election for Bucharest Mayor, several candidates
running used this to their advantage by declaring if they were elected they would have the monstrosity moved or
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Simon Akkerman and
Doreena Nita for kindly providing the photos.