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so many zombies!!!   see them swarm Bedford Ave here.

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When I visited Budapest in 2009, I made a special trip away from the usual tourist spots to see Memento Park (also know as Statue Park.)  It was a bleak day, the ground covered in snow with occasional patches of treacherous ice.  It seemed fitting for such a somber place.  The park consists of 42 pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989.
The pieces are massive and awesome.

“A favourite with visitors is the Liberation Army Soldier (pictured). A hammer-and-sickle flag in its hand and a cartridge-disc machine pistol hanging in its neck make the statue complete. This 6-meter tall statue of the evil-eyed Soviet soldier once stood on the top of Gellért Hill in central Budapest, well-seen from every direction. ..

The words of architect Ákos Eleőd, the conceptual designer of Memento Park serve as its motto: “This Park is about dictatorship. And at the same time, because it can be talked about, described and built up, this Park is about democracy. After all, only democracy can provide an opportunity to think freely about dictatorship. Or about democracy, come to that! Or about anything!”

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