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The history of deer sculpture in Smolensk

The creation of the German animal painter Richard Freese, the Sculpture of the Deer, originally installed in the Rominstenskaya forest, appeared after the Great Patriotic War in the Smolensk garden of Blonje. The history of deer sculpture in Smolensk

The creation of the German animal sculptor Richard Freese, bronze Deer. Originally installed in the Rominsten forest, after the Great Patriotic War it appeared in Russia. The history of deer sculpture in Smolensk

The history of deer sculpture in Smolensk is quite interesting. In 1909, during the hunt in the Rominsten forest, the German Kaiser Wilhelm II killed a deer. The animal made a very strong impression on him, and he decided to install a statue of a deer in his castle. For many years the monument adorned the courtyard of the hunting castle in East Prussia, but in 1944 the statue mysteriously disappeared. In 1945, the sculpture, found by Soviet soldiers at the dacha of Goering, moved to Smolensk.
By the way, one deer horn weighs 200 kg. Meanwhile, residents and visitors of the city of Smolensk have a fun tradition – to rub the genitals of a deer to attract good luck.

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Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Work by sculptor G.V. Frangulyan. The city of Baltiysk. Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Built in 2004 monument to Elizabeth Petrovna of Russia is a part of Historical and cultural complex “Elizabeth Fort”. The work by sculptor G.V. Frangulyan depicts the Empress on horseback in the dress of the Colonel of the Life Guards of the Preobrazhensky Regiment. It as if meets all the ships entering the Kaliningrad Gulf. The height of the statue is 6.3 meters, the total height with the pedestal, made in the form of a fortification, is 14 meters. The weight of the statue is 12 tons. The idea belongs to the administration of the Kaliningrad region and the Ministry of Culture. Initially, it was planned to install it on the central square of Kaliningrad – in front of the cathedral. But the sculptor Georgy Frangulyan suggested the port city of Baltiysk (formerly Pillau), which stands at the break in the Baltic Spit. The sculptor justified this by the fact that the monument will have a symbolic meaning, like the Statue of Liberty in the USA: all ships coming to Russia and going to the Kaliningrad port, necessarily pass through this strait.
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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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We demand peace sculptural composition by Mukhina

We demand peace sculptural composition by Mukhina

We demand peace sculptural composition by Mukhina

We demand peace sculptural composition by Mukhina
The famous Soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina created the monument “We demand peace!” in 1950 (creative team: N.V. Zelenskaya, Z.G. Ivanova, S.V. Kazakov, and A.M. Sergeev). Until 1994 it decorated VDNKh (Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) near Mira (Peace) avenue. After the extension of the avenue, the sculpture moved to the park “Museon”. Meanwhile, the idea of ​​creating a composition arose after the Korean War that began in 1950.
According to Mukhina’s plan, the sculpture was to draw attention to the need for peace on a planet that had recently survived the horrors of World War II. It consisted of six figures. Three men, symbolizing the main human races, trampled the banners of the German army, on each side were the figures of a one-armed blind man – a war invalid and a woman holding a dead child. Also, the front figure is a woman with a dove going to fly – a symbol of peace. This woman personified the future of mankind.
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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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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.
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Grigory Rasputin monument in Tyumen

Grigory Rasputin monument in Tyumen

Grigory Rasputin monument in Tyumen. Author of the composition – Tyumen sculptor Vladimir Zolotukhin

Grigory Rasputin monument in Tyumen

On the territory of the modern perinatal center in Tyumen appeared a monument to Grigory Rasputin. The place was not chosen by chance: it is here the old man was undergoing treatment after being stabbed in the stomach in 1914, and then worked as an orderly. The statue of an old man in a full-length, the hand rests on on a Viennese chair, which according to legend, helped him to heal men’s disease. Rasputin – known historical figure, and he deserves this monument. According to Tyumen sculptor Vladimir Zolotukhin, he used archival photographs working on the monument. The composition appeared thanks to the sponsors of 15 Tyumen enterprises.
Unfortunately, the monument is made of glass, plastic, but such a historical figure deserves a solid monument, at least bronze. Rasputin was a believer, and many of his prophecies come true. He was a real saint, brutally murdered 30 December 1916. All the legends that go of him – no more than a fairy tale, invented by enemies to defame.
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