Green Ted

SW7, January 2018

Yalta Memorial and Bartók

Both images have been heavily (and some might say heavy-handedly) manipulated in Photoshop, Yalta shifted to monochrome with the exception of GT and Bartok subjected to extreme HDR to disguise a rather anodyne photograph.

Wikipedia on Yalta and London Details on Bartok.

Twelve Responses to Tragedy, or the Yalta Memorial, is a memorial located in the Yalta Memorial Garden on Cromwell Road in South Kensington in west London. The memorial commemorates people displaced as a result of the Yalta Conference at the conclusion of the Second World War. Created by the British sculptor Angela Conner, the work consists of twelve bronze busts atop a stone base. The memorial was dedicated in 1986 to replace a previous memorial (also by Conner) from 1982 that had been repeatedly damaged by vandalism.
There were already statues for Bartók in Budapest, Brussels, and Paris before the one in London was unveiled on 2 October 2004 on a traffic island in South Kensington. It shows Bartók nattily dressed in coat and hat. The statue was designed by Imre Varga, one of Hungary’s most important living artists, who came to London to see the statue unveiled. The whole schedule for the festive day can be seen on the website of the Peter Warlock Society. Peter Warlock had been instrumental in bringing Bartók to London in 1922 and his own music was greatly influenced by the way folk music was incorporated into Bartók’s. Unfortunately, the statue had to make way in April 2009 for road redevelopments and it was not until 24 September 2011 that it was repositioned and unveiled for a second time; quite close to where it was before. Wikipedia, baldwinhamey.wordpress.com
Green Ted meets Bartok Yalta plaque Yalta plaque
Bartok and the Yalta plaques.
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