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Singing Bremen town musicians monument

Singing Bremen town musicians monument

Singing Bremen town musicians monument in Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Singing Bremen town musicians monument

A fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm about the Bremen Town Musicians is widely popular all over the world. Children love stories of the troubadour, a dog, a cat, a rooster and a donkey who travel with music and acrobatic performances in the cities of Germany.
Since 2007, the singing sculptural composition “The Bremen Town Musicians” decorates the area next to the Palace of Culture of May 1st in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Its author – a famous local sculptor A. Tkachuk. Cast in bronze, it depicts the characters of the famous Soviet cartoon of 1969 “The Bremen Town Musicians”. Besides, this is the first singing sculpture in the Siberian city, as three times a day a rooster crows triumphally about the presence of the cheerful Bremen Musicians here. And, to the joy of all the residents and guests of the city sounds verse of the famous song of the same cartoon, “We have arrived here for an hour …”.
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Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

Fragment of Bas-relief. Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

Fragment of Bas-relief. Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

In 1845, when Ivan Krylov died, almost immediately, began collecting funds for the installation of the monument in his honor. Citizens and municipal authorities met this idea enthusiastically. Soon, a special committee was established, which in the three years of its existence has managed to collect a huge amount. Once the funds have been collected, the Academy of Arts has announced a competition for the best project of the monument. So, in the competition took part the best sculptors of St. Petersburg. Choosing the best project took about a year and a half, and as a result, November 26, 1849 the committee approved the monument, designed by Peter Clodt. The sculptor worked on the monument for about five years, and in the spring of 1854 the monument was cast and began chasing the bas-reliefs.
They depict scenes from famous works of Krylov. Here you will find the fox and the crow, and a frog with an ox, and an elephant in the fable “The Elephant in the province”, and a rooster and a grain of pearl, and of course, the famous quartet of animals, musicians and many characters created by Krylov. Every image is expressive and naturalistic, which is not surprising, because the “models” for sculptor were very real animals!
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Alexander Griboyedov Woe from Wit monument

Alexander Griboyedov Woe from Wit monument

Details of Alexander Griboyedov Woe from Wit monument

Alexander Griboyedov Woe from Wit monument

There is a book that many people did not read, but know it, and almost all without even knowing it. Because phrases from the book have become winged, and even went to a number of proverbs and sayings. For example, “Happiness takes no account of time”, or “Of all worst troubles, let lordly anger and lordly love avoid us”. All this is about the comedy in verse “Woe from Wit” by Alexander Griboyedov, the great Russian writer. No wonder, after hearing it for the first time, Pushkin said, “Here, each line will go into a proverb.”
Great writer Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov is the author of “Woe from Wit”, and the monument has immortalized his comedy. Around the pedestal, due to heavy folds of a theater curtain, are a string of his characters: smug and pompous gentleman Famusov; goofy, zealous campaigner Skalozub; malicious gossip Hlestova; obsequious Molchalin, prudent and limited Sophia; and cunning maid Lisa … Away from this company aspires Chatsky. He is full of anger and despair. And Griboyedov, attentive, mocking, standing on a pedestal, tilting his head slightly, as if listens to the voices of their characters. And the memorial plate reads: ‘Monument erected in 1959. Authors – sculptor A.A. Manuilov, architect A.A. Zavarzin, cast V.V. Lukyanov’.
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Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture

Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture

Yekaterinburg, Russia. Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture. 2010

Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture – a monument to Mistress of Copper Mountain, a character of a well known Ural and Russian storyteller Pavel Bazhov. The sculpture features an extremely beautiful young woman with green eyes, and next to her – two bears, a deer and a lizard at her feet. The heroine of “The Malachite Box” of “Ural Mountains folktales” by writer Pavel Bazhov – mythical mistress of the Ural Mountains, the keeper of the precious rocks and stones. She appears in front of people like the goddess Venus, with a plait and ribbons of thin jingling copper, in a gown of “Silk malachite.” But, sometimes people see her in the form of a … lizard in the crown.
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Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture

Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture

Malachite Maid, or Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture. Beryozovsky, Sverdlovsk region, Russia. 24 June 2016. Author Natalia Tatarinova

Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture

Workers of Beryozovsky gold mine have long been famous for thirst of creativity and thirst for beauty. Thanks to their enthusiasm, next the plant, in the evening on 24 June 2016 appeared six-meter sculpture of the Mistress of Copper Mountain. The author of the idea of ​​a new sculpture – a design engineer of Beryozovsky mine Natalia Tatarinova. She said: “Mistress of Copper Mountain is the only character associated with the production of metal, and precious stones. In our Russian culture, which unites the whole country, there is nothing more significant, – says Natalia Tatarinova. – In addition, Beryozovsky – the first city, where they opened a gold mine. People should know their history. And most children know the fairy tale “Mistress of Copper Mountain”, it is an interesting sculpture”.
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Pavel Bazhov mountain sculptural park

Pavel Bazhov mountain sculptural park

Mistress of Copper Mountain. Pavel Bazhov mountain sculptural park

Pavel Bazhov mountain sculptural park

In the Russian hinterland, in the southern Urals, in the mountainous area is the small town of Zlatoust. About it, perhaps many did not even hear. First of all, it is known for its craftsmen. There are a lot of places worthy of attention. There are places that have their roots far in the history of Russia, such as arms factory. Almost in the center of the city, in the Red Hill area in early June 2015 appeared a park, dedicated to the work of well-known Ural writer Pavel Bazhov. Bazhov Mountain Park is filled with images of fairy tale characters of Pavel Bazhov. Here you can see a sculpture of Silver Hoof, Mistress of Copper Mountain, Ognevushka-poskakushka, master Danila, and many more. The park houses the museum complex, including specialized rooms with collections of minerals, as well as exposure of weapons, acquainting visitors with traditional crafts of Zlatoust. In the park work a souvenir shop, cafe, children’s trampoline, and fenced football pitch.
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Invisible Man Invisible Monument

Invisible Man Invisible Monument

St. Petersburg. Invisible Man Invisible Monument

Invisible Man Invisible Monument
Among the many new and unusual monuments, which appeared in the most crowded and famous places of St. Petersburg, one stands out as absolutely extraordinary. It is a monument to Invisible Man, which, in fact, is a granite pedestal. Located at Fontanka, 132, just in front of the mental hospital №7, a few minutes walk from the metro station “Institute of Technology”. Gold letters on the rough granite display: “Monument to Invisible Man.” The story of the monument to the Invisible Man started back in 1892, five years before the publication of the novel by H. G. Wells “The Invisible Man” in 1897. However, the Story behind monument is a complete mystery.
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