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San Antonio, Texas: Giant Chrome Lenin Head

Giant chrome Vladimir Lenin head topped by a tiny Mao Zedong, titled, "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head." Political art by Chinese brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang. Formerly in L.A.; moved to San Antonio in March 2022.

Address:
182 N. Laredo St., San Antonio, TX
Directions:
Downtown, about a half-mile west of the Alamo. Set back from the street in a little courtyard on the east side of N. Laredo St., just north of its intersection with W. Commerce St. On the west side of San Pedro Creek, next to a parking garage.
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Chrome Lenin Head

After the ACE Museum was evicted for not paying rent, the Chrome Lenin Head was moved to private property in the Mohave Desert.

[Sarah Herrick, 04/17/2018]

Lenin's head.

Lenin's Head

"Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head" is the title of this sculpture.

[David Kamada, 10/24/2012]

The head was built by two artist brothers from China. Its chrome surface was meant to "take the focus away" from Soviet Union leader Lenin, which is impossible since his head is 15 feet tall and there's a baby balanced on it.

Chrome Lenin head.

Chrome Plated Lenin Reflects on LA

Located right on the corner of the busy intersection at 4th and La Brea: a giant chrome plated portrait of Lenin, with what appears to be a baby Chairman Mao doing a "Great Wallenda" balancing act on the top of his head. The piece is titled, "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head" and is by the Chinese artist brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang.

The highly polished piece reflects well on its surroundings.

[Phil Pasquini, 02/11/2012]

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