This model was Gabo's entry to the Unknown Political Prisoner competition. The competition was won by Reg Butler. In the final exhibition of entries at the Tate Gallery in 1953, Gabo was one of four artists awarded a second prize. In the catalogue he noted: 'the tyrant wants us to be in fear of him and the artist's task is not to perpetuate that fear but rather to encourage resistance. The conception of my image for the monument is glory to him who goes to the stake and vanquishes the fear of pain and torture for the sake of his belief.'