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Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens

Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens. Lukhovitsy, Moscow suburb

A huge Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens. Lukhovitsy, Moscow suburb. Sculptor V.B. Gorbunov

Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens appeared on the day of the 50th anniversary of the Moscow suburb city of Lukhovitsy. In addition to a huge cucumber, the sculptural composition also includes a barrel, which, in essence, is the pedestal of the monument. The inscription on it expresses gratitude to “cucumber-breadwinner” on behalf of all residents of the city.
The history of this unusual monument is quite simple: the cultivation of cucumber has long been a major source of income of the locals. For example, in the 90-ies of XX century, when the economic situation was very difficult, huge harvest of cucumbers literally saved residents. Lukhovitsy residents sold these vegetables in Moscow, and in other big cities of Russia. The high quality of Lukhovitsky cucumbers is undoubtful.

A barrel of pickles with a plate, on which inscribed 'To Cucumber, our breadwinner, from thankful Lukhovichi citizens

A barrel of pickles with a plate, on which inscribed ‘To Cucumber, our breadwinner, from thankful Lukhovitsy citizens

If you look carefully at the monument, you can see a coin between the leaves of cucumber. Thus, the sculptor reflected the role played by this useful and tasty vegetable in the strengthening the well-being of the inhabitants of Lukhovitsy.
More than that, to express the gratitude to vegetable-breadwinner and emphasize its importance, the monument decorates the city center. Cucumber today is a symbol of Lukhovitsy. By the way, this city remains one of the main suppliers of cucumbers in Moscow to this day.

Sketch of monument

Sketch of monument

However, speaking of Lukhovitsy and the role of growing cucumbers in the development of the city, it should be noted that alongside with the monument to cucumber, there is also a museum exhibition devoted to it. In particular, the different varieties of this vegetable, grown by Lukhovitsy residents and their neighborhoods.

Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens

Monument to Cucumber in Lukhovitsy, Moscow suburb

Monument to Cucumber in Lukhovitsy, Moscow suburb