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Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

A boy hiding behind the corner of the wall, looks amazing

A boy hiding behind the corner of the wall, looks amazing. Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

How do you feel about contemporary art? Personally, I like it when the streets are decorated with unusual sculptures of talented artists. Some of them deserve special attention. Brad Spencer – talented sculptor from North Carolina. Since 1984, he has been creating sculptures … of brick. It would seem, at first glance, how may look a sculpture of a simple building brick – rude and unpretentious. But the hands of a talented artist and sculptor create works of art. “Art in the open air” surprises and amazes, unwittingly makes you wonder how this is possible.
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Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod

Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod. Sculptor Vadim Borovykh. Kremlin Footbridge, Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod. Sculptor Vadim Borovykh. Kremlin Footbridge, Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod is full of unusual monuments. Made of metal, a tourist girl sat down on the parapet of the main footbridge in Novgorod. And many people just can’t pass by without taking a picture next to her. Neither could Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, who once was noticed taking pictures with the sculpture. Besides, feeling sympathy for this tired girl, some tourists and passers-by don’t miss the opportunity to put a coin into her shoes. Just for good luck. Originally, the sculptor Vadim Borovykh wanted to make a tourist, taking pictures of herself with a mobile phone on the background of Kremlin, but the idea was later rejected. So, the final monument, perhaps, turned out to be much more romantic.
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Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers

Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers

Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers. Sculptors Yuri Krylov and Alexandr Kokoteyev. Photo by Veronika Zubareva

Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers

The unusual bronze sculptural composition Passengers appeared right in front of the Museum of Railway Station in the city of Yekaterinburg. It is a building of the old station, that was in use until 2003. Later, it was reconstructed into a museum of railway history of the Urals. Bronze group of passengers is set right at the entrance of the museum building. The passengers represent a family of father, mother and little child standing in the middle. It is evident that they are late for the train. Mom pulls a child, and the man carries all the baggage. Moreover, the funny detail – he looks at another character of the story – a young woman lying on her suitcase and resting. The entire sculpture is so realistic that they seem about to come to life and the family, under the leadership of mother, will go down the street.
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Bachelor bronze monument

Bachelor bronze monument

Bachelor bronze monument in Saratov. Sculptor Nikolay Bunin

Bachelor bronze monument – the original sculpture, commemorating the collective image of the idle character. The monument was erected in the center of the Russian city of Saratov. This unusual statue of Saratov artist Nikolay Bunin established in August 2009. The bronze sculpture depicts a young man in a pensive pose, clutching a bouquet of flowers. Since the advent of the monument it has become a real tourist attraction and a favorite of the city: next to the romantic handsome couples appoint dates, tirelessly photograph, and rare people pass by without patting bachelor’s arm. The monument is dedicated to all single men. In fact there is an urban legend associated with this monument: girls, pictured arm-in-arm with a bronze statue of bachelor – will soon get married.
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Knitting grandmother monument

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

In August 2005, on the day of Belgorod, citizens and guests of the city had been made a gift in the form of new monuments. One of them – Knitting grandmother monument appeared in the city center in a park near the Drama Theatre. The sculpture is made of bronze and weighs about 300 kilograms. It was installed among the fountains and benches, ‘grandmother’ is knitting a stocking and thinking about something else. The new sculpture belongs to the category of so-called folk monuments. The authors of the sculpture – young artists from Kharkov Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko. They named their bronze creation “Memoirs.” After the monument had been officially opened, it became a place of pilgrimage. Almost everyone couldn’t help sitting on the bench next to Grandma, photographing, or just telling “her” personal problems. The bronze grandmother has become the hit of the city.
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