LAS VEGAS -- A decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the
crumble of Communism in Europe's Eastern Bloc, yet another symbol
of the Cold War has fallen, but in a most unlikely locale -- the
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino here.
According to a spokeswoman for Circus Circus Enterprises Inc.,
which owns and operates the month-old property, some patrons were
offended by the huge statue of V. I. Lenin that had been erected
just outside the door of the Russian-inspired Red Square, one of
Mandalay Bay's numerous restaurants.
So, in a move designed to mirror the fate of myriad Lenin
statues located throughout the former Communist bloc, Glenn
Schaeffer, Circus Circus president and chief executive officer,
asked that the head of the gypsum-and-plaster statue be
Schaeffer "also asked the construction guys to put a bit of
white paint on the statue's shoulders and feet to give it more of
an urban feel," the spokeswoman said.
In other words, to simulate the proximity of the avian
Reaction to the newly redesigned statue has been low-key, which
is just the way Circus Circus executives want it. "Basically,
[taking the head off the statue] has sucked the wind out of the
issue, which was the intent in the first place," the spokeswoman
Now the question is, what will become of the 250-pound head?
"We're leaving that up to the Red Square guys," the spokeswoman
said. "They've talked about making it into a table or putting it in
one of the [restaurant's] see-through vodka lockers. "In the end,
it will be separated from the body by 20 or 30 feet."