Sculpture Oscar Wilde and Eduard Vilde

Vallikraavi tänav 4, Tartu

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The sculpture in front of Café Wilde (sculptor T Kirsipuu, 1999) is a fun speculation about literary history. It features the Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), who was born in Ireland, and the Estonian writer Eduard Vilde (1856-1933), both of whom belonged to the same generation, sitting on a bench together. Sculptor Tiiu Kirsipuu, who modelled the writers according to photos, has noted that the year she had in mind when she created the sculpture was 1890, when the two Wildes could have met for a witty chat.

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Ian C

Ian C

The statue everyone visits

Slightly hidden away, this is perhaps now Tartu's most famous statue with the two writers Oscar Wilde and Eduard Vilde deep in conversation, with a space on the bench just large enough for one of...

Philip P

Philip P

How to play with similar names.

It's funny to see and hear. Both man might have been friends but actually never met. I like the idea of the playing with names.



Wilde and Vilde in front of Café Wilde

One of the many interesting statues in Tartu. This one is about two writers that probably never met. Good for a picture!

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