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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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Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument

Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument

Bukhara, Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument, sculptor Yakov Shapiro

Installed in 1979, Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument decorates the center of the ancient and beautiful city of Bukhara. Located on the Mekkhtan Anbar street, so-called architectural ensemble of Lyabi-Khauz (“On the banks of the reservoir” in Uzbek), consists mainly of the 16th-century buildings. In particular, Madrassah of Kukeldash, Hanako (something like a hospice house for wandering preachers – dervishes) and the Nodir Divan Begi Madrasah, built in the 17th century, as well as the reservoir-house. However, the modern monument to the legendary hero of folklore Nasreddin Hodja Afandi became an integral part of this ensemble.
The author of the monument – sculptor Yakov Shapiro. Made of bronze sculpture stands on a rectangular pedestal. Nasreddin Hodja is sitting on a donkey, and his left hand raised in greeting, while fingers squeeze a small coin. He pressed his right hand to the chest, on the head – the skullcap, and a cunning and kind smile is on the face.
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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”.
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Homunculus Loxodontus – Eternally waiting humanoid monument

Eternally waiting humanoid monument - Homunculus Loxodontus by Margriet van Breevoort, 2016

Eternally waiting humanoid monument – Homunculus Loxodontus by Margriet van Breevoort, 2016

Eternally waiting humanoid monument
In May 2016 Dutch artist Margriet Van Breevoort installed her sculpture Homunculus Loxodontus near a children’s hospital in the town of Lend. Translated from the Latin – “humanoid elephant” the sculpture symbolizes people waiting in the queue to see a doctor. According to the artist herself, her character is “a kind of failed experiment, he waits and hopes to get better”. Besides, he is “like a big lump of flesh, but so cute that many want to embrace him.” By the way, in 2016 the sculpture became the most photographed attraction in Lend.
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Legendary Golden Fleece monument

Legendary Golden Fleece monument

Installed in front of the New Athos Cave Legendary Golden Fleece monument. Abkhazia

First of all, this is a Golden Fleece monument installed in front of the New Athos Cave – famous natural landmark of Abkhazia. A very well-known Abkhaz sculpture, about which, however, we do not know much – neither the author nor the year of installation. Noteworthy, the myth of the Golden Fleece reflects the history of the first relationship of ancient Greece and the Caucasus. Besides, opened to visitors in 1975, Athos Cave got its name from the holy Mount Athos in Greece. And, together with the sculpture of the Golden Fleece, they are a popular destination for tourist excursions. Meanwhile, next to the building through which you can get into the cave, appeared a statue of the Golden Fleece.
It symbolizes the ancient legend about the journey of brother and sister Phrixus and Hella on the golden ram to the shores of Asia. The golden skin of sacrificed animal became a symbol of prosperity. However, later, Jason and the Argonautsand stole it. Another assumption of the significance of the Golden Fleece in the Caucasus – is an ancient way of getting gold in the mountain rivers. In particular, by immersion of lamb skins, on which precipitated the gold particles.
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Ob-Ugriс Gods and Spirits sculptural alley

God watching over people. Ob-Ugriс Gods and Spirits sculptural alley. 2010. Sculptor Volodya Sargsyan

God watching over people. Ob-Ugriс Gods and Spirits sculptural alley. 2010. Sculptor Volodya Sargsyan

Ob-Ugriс Gods and spirits sculptural alley represents mythology of the space division of the world. Located in Khanty-Mansiysk, the group of 7 monumental and decorative sculptures called “Gods and spirits” displays the rich mythology of the Ob-Ugric peoples. Each sculpture height – 3.8 m and width – 1.2 m resembles a tree that grows from the ground, as if symbolizing the universal tree that connects the past, present and future. The top resembles a crown of holy tree, which shows the different characters of the gods and spirits with their environment. Besides, ornaments, located on the pole, relate directly to the images of the composition, and contain ornaments, symbols and mysterious codes that make up the meaning and essence of each of the compositions.
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Do not cut the branch on which you sit Monument

'Do not cut the branch on which you sit, - recalls the eponymous monument in Yakutsk. English equivalent - Don't bite the hand that feeds you

‘Do not cut the branch on which you sit, – recalls the eponymous monument in Yakutsk. English equivalent – Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Do not cut the branch on which you sit Monument

Installed in the northern Russian city monument, is in fact, the illustration of the popular wisdom “Do not cut the branch on which you sit”. And thus, one of the craziest ideas of sculptors embodied in the old Russian proverb. The monument decorates one of the main streets in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha. The monument is a graceful tree that stretched out its branches in different directions. On one of the knots – an unknown man with a sad face. With a hacksaw in his hands, despite the well-known ending, a bronze hero is diligently doing his job. Funny monument attracts many tourists and collectors of unusual places. To the monument literally flood the guests of the city, thanks to its strategic location. Almost everyone tries to climb up next to the frozen figure and capture an outstanding moment. Although the city administration does not approve such actions, to drive away all comers is not always possible. Anyway, the plate next to the monument reminds politely not to touch the work of art.
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