Kalevipoeg – War of Independence Monument

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Kalevipoeg - War of Independence Monument

Kalevipoeg - War of Independence Monument
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Kalevipoeg is the Estonian national epic about the adventures of the hero called Kalevipoeg. In 1950, the memorial Kalevipoeg, which was dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the War of Independence, was taken down by the occupying power. The monument was built by Amandus Adamson. In 1952, the monument to Kreutzwald, the Father of Song, was erected at the same location. Discussions over restoring the memorial Kalevipoeg were held since 1988, but in 2002, when the exhibition ‘Kalevipoeg in Sculpture’ took place, the restoration proptly started. Sculptor Ekke Väli modelled the momorial on the basis of photos, and he was consulted by Endel Taniloo, a senior sculptor, during the restoration of Kalevipoeg.
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DejanNS72
Novi Sad, Serbia2,287 contributions
Epic hero
Oct 2017 • Solo
Almost a century ago, when Estonians become independent and free for a very first time in modern times, they decided to erect a monument of Liberty. Liberty was presented through epic hero Kalevipoeg. However, this sculpture is not of very high artistic value and why he is presented semi-naked. Why not naked to show his muscles and strenght (it was popular at that time) or clothed? I don't belive that old Estonians and their heros were clothed just in a small piece of fur.
Written 4 November 2017
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Alvar S
Tallinn, Estonia335 contributions
Kalevipoeg, the statue of liberty in Tartu
Jul 2016 • Family
Beautiful and a great monument for memory of Estonian Liberty War 1918-1920. On the statue you can see the look of Estonian national hero Kalevipoeg. In souther Estonia you can find a lot of places that are linked to this hero.
Written 7 July 2016
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Marcus D
Tartu, Estonia1,288 contributions
War of Independence Monument and FR Kreutzwald statue
Jul 2015 • Solo
These two statues, the War of Independence monument (heroic statue of Kalevipoeg ) and the head-and-shoulders bust of FR Kreutzwald (author and father of Estonian national literature) are located almost side-by-side for good reasons in the narrow park separating Vabaduse Puistee (street) from the Emajõgi (river).
Kreutzwald composed the epic poem "Kalevipoeg" (first published in the 1850s). Their logical juxtaposition was not planned.
The War of Independence Monument - the Kalevipoeg statue - is a memorial for the Estonian soldiers who fell during the War of Independence 1918-1920. The statue was erected in the park in 1933.
The Soviet occupation authorities disapproved of the War of Independence Monument for two reasons. (i) The Soviets had been on the losing side of the War of Independence and (ii) Kalevipoeg - Estonian national hero and freedom fighter - did not fit well with communist ideology. Consequently in 1950, the Soviets removed and destroyed the statue and replaced it in 1952 with the 'head-and-shoulders' bust of the author of Kalevipoeg - FR Kreutzwald, whom communist ideology viewed as a worthy individual (despite being the creator of the national hero!).
In 2002, following the re-establishment of Independence, the current Kalevipoeg statue - based on the original design - was erected alongside Kreutzwald - thus replacing the original and establishing the juxtaposition of the author and his creation.
Written 3 July 2015
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