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Luxurious Moscow House Patriarch twelve sculptures

Luxurious Moscow House Patriarch twelve sculptures

One of twelve sculptures decorate the Luxurious Moscow House Patriarch. Work by sculptor Vladimir Kurochkin

Luxurious Moscow House Patriarch twelve sculptures

Among many new houses in Moscow which have appeared lately, is one very special. Called “Patriarch”, it is multi-storey, lush, richly decorated, and even with a strange tower. Mosaic marble floors, columns, ceilings with exquisite stucco, amazing chandeliers, carpets – all this casts a somewhat nostalgic sadness over the long-gone times of Russia’s wealth.
In addition, the house has its own coat of arms, symbolizing spirituality and luxury. However, the most distinctive feature of the decor are 12 sculptures made with a claim to antiquity. The figures depict representatives of all professions involved in the construction of the building. In particular, a town builder, a chronicler, a builder with a brick, a builder with a trowel, a disputation figure, a muse, a sculptor, and a stonemason. Besides, two other allegories – so-called “carrot and stick”. By the way, in Russia – they are whip and Gingerbread. So, these are the figures of a strict city guard and a good city dweller. Interestingly, the image of each sculpture has its own real prototype. For example, the chief architect of the city of Moscow Alexander Kuzmin is a prototype of the statue of the town planner.
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Miraculous Story behind Girl With Dog Monument

Miraculous Story behind Girl With Dog Monument. Opened December 28, 2015. Yakutsk, Russia. Work by Sculptor Nikolai Nikitich Chochchasov

Girl With Dog Monument. Opened December 28, 2015. Yakutsk, Russia. Work by Sculptor Nikolai Nikitich Chochchasov

Miraculous Story behind Girl With Dog Monument

Opened on December 28, 2015 Monument to a girl and her dog decorates the station square of the Yakutsk airport in the city of Yakutsk, of North-East Russia. Meanwhile, the monument depicts the 4-year-old girl Karina Chikitova from the village of Olek of the Olekminsky district. Suprisingly, the little girl spent 11 days all alone, in the Yakut taiga. However, the brave girl miraculously survived, and in large part thanks to her dog, who accompanied her all this time.
In fact, four-year-old Karina disappeared in the Olekminsky district of Yakutia on July 29, 2014. However, her mother reported about her disappearance only on August 2. All this time the woman thought that her father, who was in a neighboring village, took the daughter with him. But when it turned out that he all these days he was working on extinguishing forest fires, his mother immediately appealed to the police. Fortunately, the girl was found alive in the morning, 9 August, six kilometers from the village of Olom. And it was on the eighth day of searches and on the twelfth day from the moment of disappearance.
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Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park

Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park in Yalta

Three epic heroes. Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park in Yalta, Crimea

Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park in Yalta
“Glade of Fairy Tales” – a unique children’s museum of sculptures on a fairy-tale theme in the open air. Located in one of the most beautiful corners of the Southern coast of Crimea, in the picturesque surroundings of Yalta near the Wuchang-Su waterfall. Initially, it was folk master Pavel Bezrukov, who chose the forest at the foot of the quaint rock of Stavri-Kaya and founded a sculptural park in 1960. Today the exposition of the museum consists of more than 300 sculptures. On them worked by folk craftsmen and professional artists not only from Yalta, but also other cities of Crimea, Moscow, Pervouralsk, Yerevan, Vilnius, and others. In the hands of talented craftsmen a simple tree, ordinary clay, cold metal and concrete turned into characters of fairy tales, epics, legends and myths.
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Jesus Christ monument asking for peace from underwater

Jesus Christ monument asking for peace from underwater

Installed August 22, 1954 Jesus Christ monument asking for peace from underwater

Jesus Christ monument asking for peace from underwater

Very often the most colorful architectural sights, monuments and statues remain in the shadow of their more popular analogues. This can be caused by the unattractiveness of the tourist destination, difficult reach or their invisibility. As for the amazing statue of Christ on the ocean floor, all three factors take place.
So, we all know the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Of course, because it is in Rio de Janeiro, a good road leads to it and it is 38 meters high. But there are much less famous, but not less interesting sculptures of Jesus. In particular, Christ from the Abyss (Christo the Abbys, Christ of the Deep). The statue created by the Italian sculptor Guido Galleti on the idea of ​​the diver Duilio Marcante, appeared after underwater meditation. The 2,5 meters high sculpture of Jesus asking for peace and protection for all people of the sea (fishermen, sailors, divers). His hands and head – directed towards the sky.
Installed August 22, 1954 sculpture is at a depth of 15 meters. It is in the bay of San Fruttuozo, near Genoa, in the waters of the Italian Riviera. The place was chosen not by chance, it was there that in August 1947 Dario Gonzatti, a close friend of Duilio Marcante, died during the sinking. Over 55 years, more than 2 million divers had time to plunge into it.
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History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov

History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov

Macaque rhesus Hector, Rosa and Desi. History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov. 2008

History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov

The history of the city of Kharkov is full of various interesting events and facts, one of which is the story of three Rhesus macaques that survived the German occupation. It was to these primates on the day of the city of 2008 that a monument was erected in the Kharkov zoo, opposite the monkey house. In order to clarify the situation, it is necessary to tell in a few words the story of the survival of Desi, Rosa and Hector – the rhesus monkeys, which survived the war time.
Having managed to escape from the zoo before it got under the wave of high-explosive shells (one of which got into the monkey house), the macaques found their salvation in the building of the administration (Gosprom). When it was especially cold they hid in attics of the houses, and with warming returned again to their shelter. Meanwhile, their shelter became one of the offices of Gosprom, where they arranged for themselves a den in the closet.
Noteworthy, in Kharkov, from the late autumn of 1941 to the spring of 1942, there was a terrible famine. Despite the plight of the occupied Kharkov and the starvation of wartime, ordinary Kharkov residents didn’t leave poor primates in distress and tried to feed them as much as they could.
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Therapeutic chair and other unusual monuments of Voronezh

Therapeutic chair and other unusual monuments of Voronezh

Work by sculptors Sergei Gorshkov and Yuri Astapchenko – Therapeutic chair and other unusual monuments of Voronezh

Therapeutic chair and other unusual monuments of Voronezh

In the Black Earth capital of Russia – the city of Voronezh there are many historical monuments. But how pleasant it is for a person to see something unusual, interesting and little-known! So, I bring to your attention several unique and unusual monuments of Voronezh. And first of them is “Therapeutic chair”. According to the creators of the sculpture, “Therapeutic chair” relieves people of greed, which often affects the local residents.
The author of the first sketch of the monument was the local artist Alexander Nozhkin. Unfortunately, he tragically died in the 1990s. However, the artist’s friends – Sergei Gorshkov and Yuri Astapchenko continued his idea in the shortest time. They cast the monument at the bell factory, and the sculpture weighing 220 kg and a height of 1.5 meters appeared in the park, near the Government House. In addition, near the miraculous chair they put a poster with the biography of A. Nozhkin and a detailed description how to use the monument. According to the description, there are 2 ways of cure. First, people should sit down on the “Medical Chair” or touch it with their hands. In any case, the effect of cure will be one hundred percent.
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Monument to the children of Russian Tsar Nicholas II

Monument to the children of Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Sculptor Igor Akimov. Installed November 16, 2011

Monument to the children of Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Sculptor Igor Akimov. Installed November 16, 2011

Monument to the children of Russian Tsar Nicholas II was solemnly unveiled on the territory of the Orthodox monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers on Ganina Yama on November 16, 2011. Besides, it is the site of a mine in which the remains of the royal family and their confidants were discovered.
The author of the bronze monument – Igor Vladimirovich Akimov, Ural sculptor, teacher at the Ural State Architectural Academy. The height of the monument is about three meters, and the weight is almost three tons. According to the author’s intention, counted to the rank of holy martyrs, the royal children Princesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Prince Alexei as if descending from heaven with crosses in their hands on an inclined stone slab that serves as a pedestal. However, not exactly.
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Giants and Liliputs inspired monuments and parks

Giants and Liliputs inspired monuments. Monument to the hero of the novel by Jonathan Swift 'Gulliver's Travels' in the courtyard of the Philological Faculty of St. Petersburg State University

Monument to the hero of the novel by Jonathan Swift ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ in the courtyard of the Philological Faculty of St. Petersburg State University. Sculptor Timur Yusufov, 2007. Giants and Liliputs inspired monuments

Giants and Liliputs inspired monuments and parks
Monument to the hero of the novel by Jonathan Swift ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ appeared in the courtyard of the Philological Faculty of St. Petersburg State University in November 2007. Monument to literary character – a kind of embodiment of infinity and relativity. A succession of bronze Gullivers, decreasing in size – the creation of the sculptor Timur Yusufov.
However, if you want to feel like a Gulliver, you may do it in opened in Manhattan park of miniature world attractions called “Gulliver’s Gate.” With the main monuments of mankind from now on you can get acquainted without leaving New York. Located in the vicinity of the Times Square layout, the park features all the iconic architectural structures of the world. In particular, there are more than 300 attractions – from the Egyptian pyramids and the Great Wall to the Coliseum and the Dome of the Rock. Visitors will also be able to see the lost heritage of ancient civilizations such as, for example, the Colossus of Rhodes. Visitors will enjoy the miniature architecture of the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Great Wall of China, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and other world architectural monuments
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Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions

Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions

Fragment of Three Graces, Spring, Botticelli. Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions

Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions
Many masterpieces of sculpture live throughout the centuries, and sometimes even millennia have enjoyed constant success. Their attraction, thanks to beauty and inner meaning, remains unchanged at all times and for all peoples. As a rule, these masterpieces survive to our time through replicas created often after the lapse of centuries after the emergence of the original idea and its implementation. The same as it’s impossible to count the diamonds in stone caves, one can’t count how many monuments and sculptural compositions on the plot of “Three Gracia” exist all over the world.
How did the theme of the Three Graces appeared in the world? It originates from ancient Greek mythology. The Charites, as goddesses of grace, charms and beauty, were inspiration muses, close to art. In Roman mythology they were called graces (Latin gratia – “charm, grace, attraction, gratitude”). In ancient Rome, the graces are the wonderful companions of Venus and Aphrodite. They give mortals gaiety, dexterity, a pleasant disposition of the spirit, as well as generosity and prudence. Their attributes are a rose, a myrtle or an apple.
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French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument

French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument in Nizhny Novgorod

French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument in Nizhny Novgorod. Sculptor Fanil Valiullin

French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument appeared in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 27 September, 2015. Meanwhile, made of plastic painted in bronze color, the monument to the great French writer became the first installed in Russia. The sculptor depicted Jules Verne flying in a hot-air balloon, and in his hand he is holding a Spyglass. The figure of the writer in human growth stands in the basket of a balloon. Together with the balloon, the monument is a composition about 10 meters high. The sculpture was installed on the initiative of a construction company, which has a housing complex in the city, named after a French writer.
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