Giant Headless Statue Of Lenin
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nothing spits in the dead eye of a counter-capitalist political system like standing one of its heroes inside a Las Vegas casino and cutting off his head.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), who was one of the leaders of the Soviet revolution, stands outside "Red Square," a pricey vodka bar along Mandalay Bay Hotel-Casino's indoor restaurant row. An iron giant of heroic proportions, the decapitated Communist's shoulders and shoe tops are stained white with what appears to be simulated bird poop.
Of course, Vegas is a city of heroic proportions, and Lenin is just one more minor landmark. Without his head, he's even more oblique and Sphinx-like than the Luxor Sphinx next door.
The Lenin statue's head is frozen inside a block of ice within the bar's walk-in freezer, reportedly viewable by patrons who buy the expensive stuff and ask nicely for a peek.