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Christo

Mention Christo, or Hristo, here in Bulgaria and its more likely your hearer will think of footballer Hristo Stoichkov than artist Christo Yavashev who died yesterday. Christo managed to escape communist Bulgaria in 1956 so perhaps it’s not that surprising.

I saw some of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s smaller wrapped objects in museums but had never seen one of their large installations until a couple of years ago in London when Christo created the London Mastaba in the Serpentine in Hyde Park to coincide with an exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery.

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Here and There 2

A second batch of random shots from around Sofia. Picking up where I left off in my previous here and there post here is another shot of the Regional History Museum, and former city bathhouse, seen through the fountain that stands in the square in front of the museum. I’ve taken a lot of photographs of this scene so if you think you’ve seen this before, you have.

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‘Saint’ Sofia

The Bulgarian Communist Party, demonstrating that relentless lack of imagination that seems common to communist parties everywhere, erected a massive statue of Lenin in the centre of Sofia. Following the collapse of the regime this Lenin went the way of many others and disappeared in 1991. Nine years later Lenin’s spot was taken by this eight metre tall statue atop a sixteen metre column.

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