A new memorial sign City scales appeared in Minsk
A new memorial sign was opened in the center of Minsk. The sculptural composition “City Scales” was installed in the area of Freedom Square, not far from the town hall. It symbolizes the development of Minsk as a major center of crafts and trade after the city received Magdeburg rights in 1499.
The small architectural form was created by a team of authors: architect Sergey Baglasov and sculptor Alexander Prokhorov.
– This is a memorial to the fact that in 1499 Minsk received the Magdeburg Law. Together with the Magdeburg Law, the city was assigned its own measure of weight and length. We decided to take scales as the basis of the composition. Previously, every citizen could apply to the town hall if it seemed to him that he was underweight or deceived. – said the sculptor.
Moment City scales is captured on a memorial sign.
The seller weighs his goods for the merchant who is bargaining with him. And next to it is a representative of the town hall, who is carefully watching the process.
The commemorative sign is only a part of the city authorities’ program to decorate the historical center of Minsk. It is also planned to install several more monuments: in the area of the Castle there will be a sculptural composition “The Sword”, dedicated to the first mention of Minsk in the “Tale of Bygone Years”, at the beginning of Zybitskaya Street there will be a sculpture “Finding the Icon of the Mother of God”, and next to the town hall – a composition by Sergei Oganov, which will perpetuate the receipt by Minsk in 1499 of the Magdeburg Law. Svoboda Square will also be decorated with a sculptural group depicting the founders of the Belarusian opera, writer Vincent Dunin-Martsinkevich and composer Stanislav Moniuszko.