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“Thought-Provoking Statue”

Father and Son' sculpture
Ranked #14 of 129 things to do in Tartu
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Owner description: Unveiled on Kuuni Street in Tartu on Child Protection Day on 1 June 2004, this bronze sculpture by Ulo Oun (1944-1988) is said by his widow Inara Oun to portray the sculptor himself with a child taking after their son Kristjan at the age of 18 months. The sculpture was created in 1977 before being cast in bronze in 1987. It was originally designed to be erected in Tallinn, but Tartu City Government bought the sculpture in autumn 2001.
Reviewed July 18, 2013

You never think about how the proportions of the human body change with age. It's brought home by this clever, thought-provoking sculpture of a father and his very young son. Though different in size in reality, in this work of art, they are depicted as being of equal height. We sought it out intentionally on our walk around Tartu and were glad we did.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is one you won't forget. Definitely worth a visit. Destined to become a classic. It juxtaposes the dimensions of adults and children and exposes their vulnerability. It will keep you thinking for years after you leave.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is one of the oddest statues I have ever seen. Even the locals that we were visiting with didn't really understand it. It is pretty easy to understand what is the meaning behind it, at least to me, but very odd.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I was quite amazed of Tartu City Government’s brave decision to exhibit this controversial sculpture in the middle of the town. I do like this sculpture a lot. Most of the well-known sculptures at Tartu are classical as for famous scientist K.E. von Baer or general B. de Tolly – nice sculptures indeed, but very traditional.
Ülo Õun was one of the most unique Estonian sculptors who died at the age of 48. The idea of this sculpture is interesting too – Õun portrayed himself and his son. The idea of the sculpture is the next generation is over previous generation.
As citizen of Tartu I have passed this sculpture hundreds of times. I have seen only two types of reactions: people who like this sculpture and other who are not…

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Perhaps the ugliest statue in the world. It is grotesque and repelling. Perhaps it is just me - but I really get shivers when passing this.

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