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British Queen to unveil Iron Curtain memorial at Devín

Queen Elizabeth II will take time during her official visit to Slovakia on October 23 to unveil a iron sculpture by Slovak artist Milan Lukáč close to Devín Castle, near Bratislava. The sculpture, which is 3.1 metres high, 1.6 metres wide and weighs almost a ton, represents the former Iron Curtain, and will be placed at the spot where a barbed-wire border fence with Austria used to stand. The sculpture contains plaques with two quotes by Winston Churchill, who coined the term Iron Curtain in a speech in 1946, along with information about the unveiling. "It's a unique chance for an artist, a great honour and an amazing opportunity, one that appears once in a lifetime," Lukáč said.

Queen Elizabeth II will take time during her official visit to Slovakia on October 23 to unveil a iron sculpture by Slovak artist Milan Lukáč close to Devín Castle, near Bratislava. The sculpture, which is 3.1 metres high, 1.6 metres wide and weighs almost a ton, represents the former Iron Curtain, and will be placed at the spot where a barbed-wire border fence with Austria used to stand. The sculpture contains plaques with two quotes by Winston Churchill, who coined the term Iron Curtain in a speech in 1946, along with information about the unveiling.

"It's a unique chance for an artist, a great honour and an amazing opportunity, one that appears once in a lifetime," Lukáč said.

Lukáč is the author of several important sculptures, including the Holocaust Memorial in Bratislava, the Political Prisoners Memorial in Žilina, and a bust of the late Pope John Paul II. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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