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Recovered Work Comes to Orlando

By December 5, 2012

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The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden has acquired a bust of Woodrow Wilson that was created by Albin Polasek in 1928.  The bust was targeted for destruction by the Nazis. This extraordinary piece of American history, thought to have been destroyed in World War II, is now on display at the Winter Park museum.

The bronze monument  bore the Wilson quote "The world must be made safe for democracy." After the US declared war on Nazi Germany, the original monument was destroyed on the night of December 10, 1941.  After the war ended, the Soviets ordered all the molds and plaster models of the Wilson monument destroyed. However, one original plaster casting of Wilson's bust survived and was secreted in a warehouse on the outskirts of Prague, where it was discovered in January 2008.

On display now at the Polasek, guest will learn about the casting process for this sculpture and the more about the intriguing story surrounding it.


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