Wed 9 January 2008, The Independent

Tom Lubbock: Let the public in on the madness

By Tom Lubbock
The unbuilt public sculpture has a respectable record. Vladimir Tatlin's gigantic Monument to the Third International (1920), designed to be bigger than the Eiffel Tower, never got raised in revolutionary Moscow. Reg Butler's Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner (1953) won a major international competition but didn't get erected either. Neither work advanced beyond the model stage. But both have achieved a lasting place in the art history books. Which makes you wonder: do these things actually need to be made?
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