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Operetta king Mikhail Vodyanoi grave monument

Operetta king Mikhail Vodyanoi grave monument

Mikhail Grigorievich Wasserman (December 23, 1924 – September 11, 1987). Operetta king Mikhail Vodyanoi grave monument

September 11, 1987, the heart of People’s Artist of the USSR Mikhail Vodyaniy, called the King of the Operetta, stopped beating. With the participation of his widow Margarita Demina, on the grave of the artist appeared an unusual monument. The work of sculptors Alexei Kopiev and Eugene Olenin depicts the most familiar roles, embodied by the King of the Operetta.
Born December 23, 1924 in Kharkov, Mikhail Grigorievich Wasserman was the second child in a wealthy Jewish family. When Mikhail Grigoryevich was 14, their family moved to Kislovodsk, where he graduated from school and played in amateur performances. Relatives said: “The family is not without a freak. The eldest graduated from two institutions, and the youngest – a clown … “. Meanwhile, he took much after his mother, Anna Lvovna, who beautifully sang and had the gift of reincarnation. By the way, the surname Wasserman in translation means “water man” – hence his pseudonym – Vodyanoi (“water man” in Russian).
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Behind the Amazing Samson monument in Orenburg

Behind the Amazing Samson monument in Orenburg

The bronze sculpture. Installed December 23, 2008, the centenary of the first performance of Alexander Ivanovich Zass (1988-1962) under the dome of the Orenburg Circus in 1908. Sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov. Behind the Amazing Samson monument in Orenburg

Behind the Amazing Samson monument in Orenburg

Several decades from the circus billboards of many countries the name of Amazing Samson, did not descend. The repertoire of power performances of the Russian athlete Alexander Zass (1988-1962) was astonishing. In particular, he carried a horse or piano in the arena with a pianist and a dancer on the lid. Besides, he caught a 90-kilogram core, fired from a circus gun from a distance of 8 meters. Also, he could held in his teeth a platform with a piano and a pianist; lying naked back on a board, nailed with nails, was holding on his chest a stone weighing 500 kilograms, and more. In addition, in the famous attraction of the Man-projectile, he caught an assistant, flying out of the vortex of a circus gun. In fact, performances of Alexander Zass enjoyed great popularity. This is due not only to the original athletic numbers, but also to the fact that he was not like many of the strongmen of that time, who had massive figures and heavy weight.
His height – 167.5 centimeters, the weight did not exceed 80 kilograms, chest circumference – 119 centimeters, biceps – 41 centimeters. According to him, big biceps are not always an indicator of strength, just as a big belly does not talk about good digestion. The main thing is strength is will, strong tendons and ability to control your muscles.
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Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova

Grave Monument to Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova

Grave Monument to Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova

The friendship story of beautiful black Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova (17 November 1940 – 9 January 2007) lasted 16 years. Pepel (Ashes in English) was a horse-personality with a very uneasy character. Petushkova had a hard time: for a long time she achieved mutual understanding. Elena decided to apply non-standard methods of working with horses. For example, when Pepel did bite her, Elena, despite the bruises and pain, did not pay attention to the bites. Colleagues advised to punish the whip, believed that she would dilute the stallion and this could be dangerous, but kindness and love won. Gradually, Pepel changed his attitude towards Elena and even kissed her on the cheek. This was their first victory.
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Empire style sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

'Piety and Justice' sculptural group on the buildings of the Senate and the Synod - Senate Square, St. Petersburg, Russia. Work by sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky (co-authors Stepan Pimenov, Nikolai Tokarev and Pavel Sokolov)

‘Piety and Justice’ sculptural group on the buildings of the Senate and the Synod – Senate Square, St. Petersburg, Russia. Work by sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky (1779 – July 16, 1846). Co-authors Stepan Pimenov, Nikolai Tokarev and Pavel Sokolov

Empire style sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

Some of the most spectacular buildings of the architect Carlo Rossi are the buildings of the Senate and the Synod. The ensemble consists of two buildings connected by a majestic arch decorated with the picturesque sculptural group “Piety and Justice”. In fact, it symbolizes the unity of the church and the state, giving the buildings even more splendor and elegance. Vasily Demut Malinovsky, in co-authorship with Stepan Pimenov, Nikolai Tokarev and Pavel Sokolov, created monuments reminding unfaithful about the punishing sword of justice.
Works by Russian sculptor of the Empire style Vasily Ivanovich Demuth-Malinovsky (1779 – July 16, 1846) decorate St. Petersburg buildings and squares. In particular, the Kazan Cathedral, the arch of the General Staff, the Mikhailovsky Palace, the Mining Institute, the Narva Triumphal Gates, and the building of the Imperial Public Library. Besides, his works include the marble bust of Emperor Alexander I, preserved in National Library and the monument to Vladimir the Great in Kiev.
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Monument to American woman Eleanor Lord Pray

American woman Eleanor Lord Pray monument in Vladivostok

4 July 2014. Vladivostok. Monument to American woman Eleanor Lord Pray who lived here for 36 years. Sculptor Alexei Bokiy, St. Petersburg

Monument to American woman Eleanor Lord Pray, who lived in Vladivostok, Russia for 36 years – from July 1894 to December 1930. The grand opening of the sculpture took place on July 4, just on the Independence Day of the United States. In addition, it was on the eve of the festivities in honor of the birthday of Vladivostok – the capital of Far East of Russia. Depicted descending from the steps Eleanor Pray, as if hurrying to the city post office, where she went, almost daily for 36 years, sending letters to her relatives in the US. In her letters, she described in detail the city at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. Jokingly called by the locals “the first blogger of Vladivostok”, Eleonora Prey created a chronicle of the life of that time. Noteworthy, she also made about a thousand unique photographs. Later, her relatives found these letters and published a book about the old Vladivostok, which became a bestseller.
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First female opera director Natalia Sats monument

First female opera director Natalia Sats monument

Installed in 2003 in Moscow, First female opera director Natalia Sats monument. Sculptor Alexandr Belashov

First female opera director Natalia Sats monument

Monument to the founder and the head of six children’s theaters Natalia Ilyinichna Sats (27 August 1903 – 18 December 1993) decorates the area in front of the theater bearing her name. Noteworthy, Natalia Sats is the first female opera director in the world. The installed in Moscow monument depicts Natalia Sats with two children in the images of Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf.
Natalia Ilyinichna Sats created the world’s first children’s theater. And then another sixty theaters around the world, including the Alma-Ata Theater for Young Spectators. By the way, the Moscow State Academic Children’s Musical Theater named after Natalia Ilyinichna Sats is the first and so far the only professional music theater for children in the world.
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Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument

Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument

September 24, 2016. Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument. Sculptor Pyotr Chegodaev

Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument opened in Vladivostok

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Vladivostok opened a memorial complex to the founder of sambo in Russia Vasili Oshchepkov. The monument appeared near the sports center of CSKA (Korabelnaya Embankment, 21), where in 1914 opened the first section of judo in Russia.
At 16.30 near the memorial complex gathered about 300 people. Prior to the inauguration of the monument (the work of the local sculptor Pyotr Chegodaev), before the people spoke high guests. In particular, the assistant to the president of the Russian Federation and the chairman of the supervisory board of the Amur tiger center Konstantin Chuichenko, the governor of the Primorsky Territory Vladimir Miklushevsky, acting Mayor of Vladivostok Konstantin Loboda and General Consul of Japan Kasai Tatsuhiko.
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