Budapest took a different tack.
It assembled in one place some of the communist statutes which had once been dotted around the city.
|Lenin: keeping an eye over the park|
|Lenin showing the way: spotting a theme here?|
The result, an open air museum called Memento Park (also known as Statute Park and Szobor Park), has become one of Budapest's most popular and surprising attractions.
During their time, these statutes were meant to inspire, educate, glorify, and perhaps even intimidate. As befitting the ideology, the statues depict the loyal and hard-working proletariat, heroic soldiers, important communist events, and strong leaders.
|Republic of Councils monument|
|One of the more dynamic statues in the park|
|"He's behind you!"|
Today, they stand a fair distance from downtown Budapest; still striking their mighty poses under high voltage power lines and being unwilling accomplices in tourists' quirky photos.
Regardless of your ideology, it's hard not to appreciate the energy and artistry in some of the statues.
|Monument to the Martyrs of the Counter-Revolution: a surprisingly evocative statue|
Some wanted the statues destroyed, but in the end they have been preserved and herded into the park as a representation of an important period in Hungarian history.
|A worker cut out of the wall?|
|Red Army Soldier: with crazy eyes|
|Workers' Movement Memorial: he's got the whole world in his hands|