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There are many sculptures in Opatija, Croatia where I spent my summer break. Most of them portray people who have influenced its history. One however has created its own history and captured my imagination. The maiden with the seagull by sculptor Zvonko Car.

I passed it many times whilst walking along the promenade into town, often sitting and wondering who it was, why it was there and how many others had seen it. I imagined she came alive at night and sat on the benches for a rest and talked through people’s problems with them.

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The story is here. In summary the current version is a replacement for a statue of the Madonna di Mare; a memorial to someone lost at sea but which overtime was itself lost to the sea, restored and now lives in a local museum

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It was interesting to see it in different light at different times of the day.

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It featured in the cultural festival held while we were there.

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For a while there were two women in my life, but I think I got away with it.

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