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Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park

Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park

On the cartoon ‘The Return of the Prodigal Parrot’, a Soviet and Russian animated series created by director Valentin Karavaev and screenwriter Alexander Kurlyandsky in 1984. Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park

Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park opened on the Day of Metallurgist in July 2017 in Bratsk, the Siberian city of Russia.
In accordance with the results of the Interregional Festival of Concrete Sculptures held in Bratsk (July 1 – 15), a remarkable sculpture park appeared in Bratsk. Timed to the Day of the Metallurgist, widely celebrated in Bratsk, the Park of Metallurgists housed competitive works. In addition, hundreds of citizens attended other festive events.
According to the press service of the city of Bratsk, for two weeks, 22 masters representing Bratsk, Irkutsk, Perm, Kirov, Omsk, Usolye-Sibirskoe, Chita, Nizhny Tagil, Svirsk, Telmu (Usolsky district) and Nevyansk (Sverdlovsk region), worked in the Park of Metallurgists. As a result, they created 16 sculptures from concrete on the general theme “Favorite cartoon characters”. First, the artists built hollow figures from special metal fittings. The next stage is the piling the figures with building concrete with gravel. And finally, finishing of figures with plaster concrete. All the sculptures are painted bronze with shades of precious metals.
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Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

Glamorous lady with a handbag gigantic weird monument. Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

One of the favorite places of pilgrimage of every Japanese is the settlement of Hakone. It is here, in the shadow of the majestic Fujiyama, appeared the first open-air museum in Japan in 1969. From the very beginning the park was conceived as a mixture of different cultures and eras: from ancient art to modern Japanese sculpture. Once, the eldest daughter of Pablo Picasso chose a small Japanese village to give the owners of the park a large collection of works of her famous father. Later, an extensive collection of works by Henry Moore was added.
Meanwhile, The Picasso indoor pavilion is the only “serious” institution in the park. All the rest is a farce, a comedy played by local nature before passers-by, involving unexpected art objects in their game. Making fun of random passers-by, thickets of bushes can instantly turn out to be the huge head of an ancient god. How did it find itself here, far from his native Athens? But instead of answering, the giant head only smiles mysteriously.
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Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood. Mother and child sculpture in Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl, Russia. Located in the park-museum ‘The Governor’s Garden’ Mother and child monument made of wood. Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

The unique sculpture made of wood decorates the park-museum “The Governor’s Garden” in Yaroslavl. Meanwhile, the sculpture has a great meaning. Children are our roots, what remains on earth when parents go to heaven. No doubt, Mom is the most loving and devoted person in the world. She is sincerely happy for our successes, supports us in failures and worries for every step we take in life. We owe her our life, we share with her joys, anxieties and the most secret desires. Undoubtedly, Moms are the people who deserve monuments. So, let’s have a look at the small part of stunning sculptures dedicated to moms, which mostly appeared in Russia for the last decade.
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Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument

Work by sculptor Igor Chernoglazov - Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument, 1999, marble, granite. Museon, Moscow

Work by sculptor Igor Chernoglazov, inspired by “The Black Shawl” poem by Alexandr Pushkin – Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument, 1999, marble, granite. Museon park, Moscow

Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument
Pushkin wrote the poem “The Black Shawl” during his stay in Moldova. However, “The Black Shawl” appeared under the influence of the two texts of poet Zhukovsky. From his ballad “Revenge” (1816), Pushkin borrowed the motive of drowning the corpse in the river at night and a rhythmic-stanzaic structure. The second important work is “Alina and Alsim” (1814). It tells the story of two lovers separated by their parents. The girl was married. One day a young man secretly came to her in the guise of a trader, to say goodbye forever. Alsim pressed Alina’s hand to his heart. At this time, her husband entered. Blinded by jealousy, he stabbed both of them with a dagger. Before her death, the girl confessed to her husband that she was innocent. According to the finale of the ballad, afterwards the ghost of the bloodied Alina in a black shawl constantly pursued the murderer.
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Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk

Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk

Construction of 1925. Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk

Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk
Located on the Aloe pole (Scarlet field) in the city of Chelyabinsk mausoleum appeared on July 15, 1925. However, the authorities laid the first stone on the day of the funeral of Vladimir Ilyich, exactly the minute when in Moscow Lenin’s body was lowered into the crypt, on January 27, 1924, at 18:55.
In fact, it resembles the mausoleums of the East – a two-story granite monument with two side staircases leading from the central entrance to the second floor. The monument of gray granite, combines a torn stone with a hewn stone, processed to a small buchard (platbands, locks, and framing arches). On the balcony of the second floor, between the two columns there is a niche with the bronze bust of VI Lenin. On the sides of the monument – obelisks.
Noteworthy, the outstanding Soviet sculptor Vera Ignatyevna Mukhina herself lead the process. Meanwhile the author of the project is Nikolai Mikhailovich Chekasin, a simple librarian of the Chelyabinsk Bibliocollector, whose project won in a contest.
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Empire style sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

'Piety and Justice' sculptural group on the buildings of the Senate and the Synod - Senate Square, St. Petersburg, Russia. Work by sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky (co-authors Stepan Pimenov, Nikolai Tokarev and Pavel Sokolov)

‘Piety and Justice’ sculptural group on the buildings of the Senate and the Synod – Senate Square, St. Petersburg, Russia. Work by sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky (1779 – July 16, 1846). Co-authors Stepan Pimenov, Nikolai Tokarev and Pavel Sokolov

Empire style sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

Some of the most spectacular buildings of the architect Carlo Rossi are the buildings of the Senate and the Synod. The ensemble consists of two buildings connected by a majestic arch decorated with the picturesque sculptural group “Piety and Justice”. In fact, it symbolizes the unity of the church and the state, giving the buildings even more splendor and elegance. Vasily Demut Malinovsky, in co-authorship with Stepan Pimenov, Nikolai Tokarev and Pavel Sokolov, created monuments reminding unfaithful about the punishing sword of justice.
Works by Russian sculptor of the Empire style Vasily Ivanovich Demuth-Malinovsky (1779 – July 16, 1846) decorate St. Petersburg buildings and squares. In particular, the Kazan Cathedral, the arch of the General Staff, the Mikhailovsky Palace, the Mining Institute, the Narva Triumphal Gates, and the building of the Imperial Public Library. Besides, his works include the marble bust of Emperor Alexander I, preserved in National Library and the monument to Vladimir the Great in Kiev.
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Mysterious Bronze Bulls created by Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

One of the mysterious Bronze Bulls created by Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

One of the mysterious Bronze Bulls created by Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

Mysterious Bronze Bulls created by Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

Plausible bulls materialized in St. Petersburg by the famous sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky. Two colossal bronze figures appeared in 1827 at the main entrance of the Skotoprigony yard at the corner of the Obvodny Canal and the Tsarskoye Selo road. Animals towered above the passers-by, standing on massive granite pedestals. Of course, their realism impressed all Petersburgers.
Meanwhile, legend has it that one night to the architect came an extraordinarily realistic vision – they say, the bulls he created came to came to him to bow. The dream struck Demuth-Malinovsky. He said that the vision was bright and full, but could not understand what all this unusual visit in a dream meant. The sculptor shared his story with his relatives, but they could not interpret the meaning either.
After forgetting about the dream in 1846, Vasily Ivanovich died. Buried in the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, along with other famous architects. However, the further events took place almost a century later.
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