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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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Monument to heroic dog Druzhok

Monument to heroic dog Druzhok

Monument to heroic dog Druzhok. Village Vladimirovka of Amur region, Russia

Monument to heroic dog Druzhok
The story happened in the village of Vladimirovka of Amur region, not far from Blagoveshchensk. Andreev family lived in it for 13 years. Water began to fill the house at 4am. They gathered in a hurry, taken just what came to hand. Waiting the flood out they went to stay with relatives in their city apartment. But they couldn’t take their dog with them. So, they left their dog in the village, with their neighbors, whose house was not affected by the flood. Every day they visited their dog to feed him, but on the third day he disappeared. So, they took the boat and and sailed to their flooded house to search for the dog.
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Sad abandoned dog Monuments

Sad abandoned dog Monuments. The inscription on the pedestal 'You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed'

Monument in Krasnoyarsk region. Waiting for its owner, dog Salty. The inscription on the pedestal ‘You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed’. Sad abandoned dog Monuments

Sad abandoned dog Monuments
Sad abandoned dog Monuments continue to appear throughout Russia. And one of them – in Sosnovoborsk of Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia. The inscription on the pedestal ‘You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed’ is a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, from his “The Little Prince”. The monument to stray dogs was established in July, on the new constructing Jubilee street outside Square of Lenin Komsomol. Sculptor recreated the image of the dog breed Irish Setter in full growth from concrete-polymer. The dog with sad eyes as if lay for a moment, expecting for the owner to come and take him home. According to local administration, it is very important that people did not make pets into homeless, because, as in any city, they have a problem of stray dogs. And now, the residents of Sosnovoborsk come up with the name for the dog, after a number of individual proposals on the city website: “There was such a good Soviet film “Dog Salty”. So, now the dog’s name is Salty.
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Do not cut the branch on which you sit Monument

'Do not cut the branch on which you sit, - recalls the eponymous monument in Yakutsk. English equivalent - Don't bite the hand that feeds you

‘Do not cut the branch on which you sit, – recalls the eponymous monument in Yakutsk. English equivalent – Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Do not cut the branch on which you sit Monument

Installed in the northern Russian city monument, is in fact, the illustration of the popular wisdom “Do not cut the branch on which you sit”. And thus, one of the craziest ideas of sculptors embodied in the old Russian proverb. The monument decorates one of the main streets in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha. The monument is a graceful tree that stretched out its branches in different directions. On one of the knots – an unknown man with a sad face. With a hacksaw in his hands, despite the well-known ending, a bronze hero is diligently doing his job. Funny monument attracts many tourists and collectors of unusual places. To the monument literally flood the guests of the city, thanks to its strategic location. Almost everyone tries to climb up next to the frozen figure and capture an outstanding moment. Although the city administration does not approve such actions, to drive away all comers is not always possible. Anyway, the plate next to the monument reminds politely not to touch the work of art.
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Time Machine Monument in Ufa

Time Machine Monument in Ufa

Time Machine Monument in Ufa

Time Machine Monument in Ufa

The unique sculptural composition “Time Machine” is in fact, a monument to the engine F-95SH for the Su-25. The monument decorates the Garden of Engine Builders in Ufa. The monument was created in honor of the 100th anniversary of the legendary director of the Ufa engine plant Mikhail Ferin (1907-1979). For the Ufa engine-builders Mikhail is a legendary man. The basis of the sculpture is a real engine P-95SH, placed on a pedestal in a metal frame, which is a huge cube. Besides, the glass doesn’t cover the engine, so the people visiting the monument can clearly see it from all sides. On the pedestal placed plates, explaining technical characteristics of the engine, and in two languages ​​- Russian and Bashkir.
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Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned - Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Kolokshinsky graven image, like Moai of Easter Island, stands on the edge of a dense forest, not far from the banks of the river Klyazma, in Vladimir region. According to local legend, Kolokshinsky idol – a monument to the drowned in the river Klyazma. In general, this weird and even frightening sculpture depicts three fragments of the human body of giant size – head, hands and foot. … Giant hand protruding from the ground, in a farewell gesture waves to passing by the living … . But especially creepy the giant looks in the sunset, as a reminder that people, each in his own time, will find their last shelter in the earth. The unknown author made the monument of pure concrete with an imitation of wood texture. Since the monument is located near the village of Koloksha, it bears the name – Kolokshinsky istukan. Its height is a little less than three human growth. In addition, at the back side of giant head is a sign that explains the cause of death. Three semi-circles symbolize the Shield of the Trinity, and the triangle in the middle symbolizes the water. However, according to those who don’t believe in mystic origin of the monument, it appeared on the territory of the sanatorium “Rublevskie Zori” specifically to attract tourists.
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Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument

Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument. 5 August 2011 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Sculptor Sergey Belyaev

Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument. 5 August 2011 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Sculptor Sergey Belyaev

Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument was installed at the corner of Malyshev street and Bank lane, on 5 August 2011 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The monument depicts bronze brass relief in the form of a hand holding a card. In addition, on the card is engraved the name of its owner. More than that, it is a real person. American writer Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850 – May 22, 1898), the author of his utopian novel “Looking Backward: 2000–1887” (published 1888). Thus, the monument immortalized the name of the person who was able to predict the emergence of “credit” cards. In fact, in his novel they functioned like modern debit cards.
The initiator of the monument – university-Bank, which in 2011 celebrated its 20th anniversary. And it was Yekaterinburg sculptor Sergey Belyaev who embodied the idea. The dimensions of the monument – about two meters high and a meter wide. According to the sculptor, the work on the sculpture took about one and a half weeks. First, it was a sketch of a hand holding a plastic card. Then, he made it from clay, and then cast monument in bronze.
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