Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Marija Melnikaite: Woman Warrior

One of the more striking sculptures at Gruto Parkas is the one of Marija (Maryte) Melnikaite. She was a Soviet Partisan, meaning a person of Lithuanian descent who fought for the Soviets against the occupying Germans during the early stages of World War ll. Marija died at age 20, captured and tortured by the Germans while she was transporting weapons.

The Soviets turned her story into propaganda and a young, attractive star was born. The James Dean of Lithuanian communism.

The weapons angle must be crucial to the story. This girl packs heavy heat.

Having a machine gun isn't enough. How about a grenade in the belt?

it's rare enough to have a sculpture be of a woman. Adding aggressive armaments adds another layer.

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