Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

Category Archive: Architecture

Singapore most notable monuments

Singapore most notable monuments

Newton by Salvador Dali. Singapore most notable monuments

Singapore most notable monuments

One of the most famous sculptures, “Newton” by Salvador Dali decorates the area near United Overseas Bank. Actually, it belongs to the same bank. The sculpture installed in 1985, depicts a notorious apple, which contributed to the discovery of the law of universal gravitation. However, it is not falling down from a tree, but a ball falling from the right hand of the scientist. Through the open chest we see the heart of Newton, which symbolizes his spiritual openness and generosity, and the open skull symbolizes his open-mindedness and wide horizons. These are qualities, according to Dali, without which it is impossible to achieve success and recognition.
More »

Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport giant monument

Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport giant monument

Man-plane, Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport giant monument in Valencia, Spain. Work by sculptor Juan Ripolles. Opened March 2011

Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport giant monument

In fact, located in the municipality of Vilanova d’Alcolea in Valencia, Spain airport became famous thanks to the impressive monument erected on its territory. Interestingly, opened by local authorities in March 2011 a 24-meter-tall statue became a caricature of Carlos Fabre, who was the initiator of the construction of the airport.
Meanwhile, in this province is the homeland of Juan Ripolles – artist, sculptor, designer. The sculptures and monuments of Ripolles decorate the central squares of European, American and Asian capitals and cities. And his paintings – the collections of connoisseurs around the world. Besides, among the admirers of his work are the first persons of states.
And how could the airport of the province of Castiglione do without the work of its distinguished countryman?
Accordingly, before the airport appeared 24-meter statue of the Man-plane, which The New York Times called “a symbol of ruin at the airport without destiny.” By the way, the erection of this figure cost 220 thousand pounds sterling.
More »

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.
More »

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
More »

Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake

Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake

Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake. Work by Soviet sculptor Dmitry Ryabichev (1926-1995)

One of the most significant monuments in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, is “Courage” – Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake. It stands at the intersection of Sharaf Rashidov avenue (in Soviet times Lenin Avenue) and Abdullah Kadiri street.
At 5:24, on April 26, 1966, an earthquake measuring 8,3 points on the Richter scale shook the city. The strongest seismic impact changed the face of the city forever. Noteworthy, the epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of about ten kilometers right under the central districts of Tashkent. Accordingly, the “Courage” monument appeared later approximately on this place.
Interestingly, the tragic event which took place on 26 April 1966 has mystic symbols, I mean 26 April – Chernobyl tragedy (1986), and the year 1966 speaks for itself.
More »

Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary

Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary

Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary. Sculptor Vladimir Nagornov, architects V.A. Filatov, Y.M. Novoselov and AB Oreshnikov

Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary

Opened in Cheboksary on May 9, 2003 Monument to the Protecting Mother quickly became a symbol of Cheboksary, the capital of the Chuvash Republic, but of the entire republic as a whole. Noteworthy, the height of the statue is greater than all previously created in Chuvashia monuments, as together with the pedestal it is 46 meters. And taking into account the height of the mound – it towers 57 meters over the Gulf of Cheboksary. On the plate, attached at the bottom of the pedestal, written in two languages (Russian and Chivash) phrase “Blessed are my children, who live in peace and love”.
More »

Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals

Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals. Moscow. Photo Janet1981

Amazing Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals. Moscow. Photo Janet1981

Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals is one of the most interesting in the facade decoration buildings in Moscow. The locals call located on Chistoprudny Boulevard, a former apartment house of the Church of the Holy Trinity very simply – house with animals. Performed in the style of the Art Nouveau building of the early 20th century gained its fame thanks to the unique terracotta bas-reliefs. The bas-reliefs of fantastic animals, birds and plants adorn the walls of the the third and fourth floors. They look fantastic – owls and ducks, griffins, dragons, lions, chimeras, unusual plants and flowers, and some unidentified creatures. Creating the bas-reliefs the artistic team “Murava” used sketches of artist Sergei Vashkov. Vashkov was a pupil of a famous Russian painter Vasnetsov and one of the recognized masters of Moscow Art Nouveau. Besides, he was a specialist in the field of religious art. Interestingly, after the construction of the house, Sergei Vashkov settled in it.
More »

Page 2 of 3123