HEROES MON­U­MENT

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Lo­cal name: Patung Pahlawan

Where: Jalan Pra­p­atan, Men­teng, Cen­tral Jakarta

Height: 5 me­tres

Erected: 1963

Cre­ators: Matvey Manizer, Os­sip Manizer

In re­cent years, Is­lamic ex­trem­ist groups have de­manded the de­struc­tion of this bronze statue, claim­ing it sym­bol­ises com­mu­nism. The statue de­picts a peas­ant youth, about to set off to fight against the Dutch. He is wear­ing a rice farmer’s con­i­cal hat, with a ri­fle on his shoul­der, while his mother gives him a bowl of rice. The statue is col­lo­qui­ally known as the Farmer's Mon­u­ment ( Tugu Tani). Sukarno had vis­ited Moscow in 1956 and was im­pressed by its stat­ues. He later in­vited Soviet sculp­tor Matvey Manizer and his son Os­sip Manizer to visit In­done­sia to de­sign a statue sym­bol­is­ing the coun­try’s fight for in­de­pen­dence. The statue was made in the USSR and shipped to In­done­sia in 1963. It bears the in­scrip­tion: “A na­tion that hon­ours its heroes is a great na­tion.”

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