Deposed! Dictators’ treetop palaces axed
The dictatorships of Stalin, Mussolini, and Ceausescu have been toppled, as artworks depicting their palaces have now been removed.
Sculptors from London Fieldworks had created the pieces as part of the Super Kingdom exhibition at King’s Wood in Challock.
The pieces depicted the luxury palaces of the three tyrants, which were placed high in the trees at the woodland.
Each of the sculptures reflected some of the building designs used by the dictators, including Stalin’s Palac Kultury i Nauki in Warsaw, Mussolini’s Palazzo della Civilta Italiana in Rome, and Ceausescu’s Casa Poporului in Bucharest.
Stalin died in 1953 and rumours persist that he was poisoned, while Mussolini was shot and strung up by left-wing partisans in Milan in 1945, and Ceausescu was executed by firing squad on Christmas Day in 1989 after trying to flee Romania.
But like the communist and fascist regimes they led, the sculptures ultimately crumbled beyond repair.
Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership officer Diane Comley said: “The pieces were installed high in the trees, overlooking the woods since 2008.
“Over the course of two days, King’s Wood saw the fall of its Super Kingdom. The pieces were striking and iconic, and were much loved by many.
“They provided inspiration to numerous artists and students who visited them in the woodland surrounding.
“The pieces reflected the artist’s sense of conflict between nature and the built environment. Sadly the structures had deteriorated beyond repair, so we made the difficult decision to take them down.”
The Stour Valley Creative Partnership is now seeking to commission new art works and education programmes for the woods.
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‘They provided inspiration to numerous artists and students ’
Artworks showing the palaces of Mussolini, Ceaucescu and Stalin have been removed
REMOVED: Mussolini, Ceausescu and Stalin