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Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

Kursk. Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

11 meter cross made of wrought copper, and mounted on a stone base 3.5 m high in Cheremisinovo, Kursk region. On the sketch of People’s Artist of Russia, Honored sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov. Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

First of all, the tradition to establish monumental crosses outside the temple comes back to ancient times. Made of stone or wood, they have a height of several meters. Such crosses call for prayer and worship of the Savior, and therefore called worshipers. Put for various reasons, the first worshiping crosses appeared in apostolic times. According to their spiritual significance, they were missionary. In particular, Nestor the chronicler in the “Tale of Bygone Years” mentions the installation of crosses by the holy apostle Andrew the First-Called on the Kiev mountains. And also on Valaam after the overthrow of the idols of Perun and Veles.
Meanwhile, the aim of wayside crosses differs – from thankful, or memorable, to providing safety, from used as chapels, and to primitive (navigation). However, the division of crosses into different species (as well as many other divisions) is rather arbitrary. Often the same worship cross could be both a vowal, a boundary, and a protective one.
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Horse Yaryzh bronze monument in Voronezh

Horse Yaryzh bronze monument in Voronezh

Horse Yaryzh bronze monument in Voronezh. Work by sculptor Maxim Ivanovich Dikunov (born March 5, 1973, Voronezh)

Horse Yaryzh bronze monument in Voronezh

Installed in Voronezh bronze sculpture of Horse Yaryzh with the rail in the mouth, has been one of the most bizarre monuments in Russia. Meanwhile, huge horse became famous all over the country for its… so called “dignity”. For five years rail eater with huge male genitalia “glorifies” Voronezh, not only among our compatriots, but also far beyond the borders of Russia. Yaryzh is a true symbol of the era, that proclaimed the power of money. The author of this gigantic bronze figure with the rail in the teeth and the human genitals is Maxim Dikunov. However, about the fact that this “work of art” and in particular, juicy details will always attract attention and cause laugh of not only Voronezh but the entire planet, said repeatedly. So, it happens every day, laughs and discussions on social websites. Well, I just don’t know what to add here.
Meanwhile, Russian sculptor Maxim Ivanovich Dikunov (born March 5, 1973, Voronezh) works in the technique of figurative art, and in particular, grotesque directions. However, hyperbolic techniques specific to the figurative style of M. Dikunov, are often the subject of criticism from fans of the classic destinations in the visual arts.
The most famous monuments of sculptor Maxim Dikunov are the works of V. Vysotsky, S. Marshak, D. Venevitinov, figures of angels to the monument of Mitrofan of Voronezh (1623 – 1703) in the Annunciation Cathedral, and of course, the horse sculpture “Yaryzh”.
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Depicted in Monuments Human vices

Central part of the monument Depicted in Monuments Human vices

Central part of the monument ‘The children – victims of adult vices’. Sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin. Depicted in Monuments Human vices

Depicted in Monuments Human vices
The sculpture of Mikhail Shemyakin “Children – victims of adult vices” located on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow. The composition conceived by the author as an allegory of the struggle against evil and vices. According to the sculptor, the composition is a symbol and a call to fight for the salvation of today and future generations. And he, as an artist, urges sensible and honest people to look around, hear and behold what is happening.
However, the composition caused not only criticism, but also attempted vandalism. In this regard, the Moscow authorities have decided to enclose it by a fence. In addition, they decided to guard the monument and open it to the public during certain hours. The grille, behind which stands a monument, at 9 am unlocked and locked at 9 pm. And yet, in spite of the clock security, a detail of the monument still sawed off.
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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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Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument in North Ossetia

Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument in North Ossetia

Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument in North Ossetia

Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument that pops out of the rock, located in Vladikavkaz of North Ossetia. Ossetian Military Road lies in a wide valley among the mountains of wooded ridge. From one side – the rapid noisy cold water of mountain River Ardon, and on the other side overhanging cliffs, bordered by vegetation and going into the sky. The road turns slightly following the bends of the river and suddenly, at the next turn the traveler meets a huge statue of St. George, which pops up out of the rock. It’s author – sculptor Nikolay Khodov. Striking in its grandeur sculpture hangs over the travelers. Even one of his horse’s hoof is 120 cm, head of 6 meters, and the palm of George can fit a man. The locals call the monument to George Nykhas Wasgergi – the hero, the winner, and the patron of the valiant warriors. During the Christianization of Alanya his name became associated with the same Christian saint – St. George. In North Ossetia where most of the population preaches orthodoxy, this association has taken root.
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Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument Uniform Cross

Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument. 'Uniform cross'  Monument in Moscow (left, 1997) and in Yerevan (right, 2013). Granite. Authors FM Soghoyan, VF Soghoyan

Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument. ‘Uniform cross’ Monument in Moscow (left, 1997) and in Yerevan (right, 2013). Granite. Authors FM Soghoyan, VF Soghoyan

Uniform Cross – Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument

This white stone sculpture of two female figures united by the large cross is a monument to friendship between Russian and Armenian peoples. Between the two monuments – twenty years and almost two thousand kilometers. The first one was set in Moscow as a gift of Armenia to the 850th anniversary of Moscow (1997), the second, its copy, – in Yerevan in 2013. The authors of the ‘Uniform Cross’ Monument talented Armenian sculptors Frid and Vahe Soghoyan. Female figures represent Armenia and Russia, and the cross – a symbol of the common Christian faith, cementing their friendship. Relations between the two countries and cultures are quite immense, and numerous Armenian cultural sites and monuments in Moscow – a testament to this fact. In 1711 Peter the Great issued a decree, which said: “To care for Armenians as much as possible, and to facilitate what is needed, in order to get more arrivals and the desire to live in Russia”. Due to the fact that many Armenians settled in Stolpov Lane, in the XVIII century it was renamed in Armenian Lane.
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Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Wonderful Grotto decorated with religious sculptures, monuments and statues, filled with spirituality in the state of Iowa is like the eighth wonder of the world. Anyway, the ads say so, and who would argue with them? The Grotto of Redemption is next to the small US town of West Bend (Iowa), where the landscape rarely disturbed by anything larger than granaries. And if anywhere else in the world there are grottoes, than this one is certainly the King of grottoes. The author of the miracle – German American priest and architect Paul Dobberstein. He began construction in 1912, and finished in 1954.
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