Freedom as glass

22 December 2009

I’ve just come back from a trip to Estonia (my first) and I visited the independence monument in Tallinn which was unveiled earlier this year. It stands 24 metres high and commemorates Estonia’s first independence in 1918 (from the Russians in the wake of the revolution; their second, from the Soviet Union, was in 1991). The cross is based on the Cross of Liberty, awarded for military and civilian service during the War of Independence.

The picture doesn’t quite capture the appearance of the monument, which looks as if it is built on a column of glass.

Why glass? It’s a deliberate choice.

“The glass column symbolises freedom, which is difficult to attain as well as fragile and easily destroyed”.

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