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History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov

History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov

Macaque rhesus Hector, Rosa and Desi. History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov. 2008

History behind Rhesus macaques monument in Kharkov

The history of the city of Kharkov is full of various interesting events and facts, one of which is the story of three Rhesus macaques that survived the German occupation. It was to these primates on the day of the city of 2008 that a monument was erected in the Kharkov zoo, opposite the monkey house. In order to clarify the situation, it is necessary to tell in a few words the story of the survival of Desi, Rosa and Hector – the rhesus monkeys, which survived the war time.
Having managed to escape from the zoo before it got under the wave of high-explosive shells (one of which got into the monkey house), the macaques found their salvation in the building of the administration (Gosprom). When it was especially cold they hid in attics of the houses, and with warming returned again to their shelter. Meanwhile, their shelter became one of the offices of Gosprom, where they arranged for themselves a den in the closet.
Noteworthy, in Kharkov, from the late autumn of 1941 to the spring of 1942, there was a terrible famine. Despite the plight of the occupied Kharkov and the starvation of wartime, ordinary Kharkov residents didn’t leave poor primates in distress and tried to feed them as much as they could.
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Internet user monument in Samara

Internet user monument in Samara

Appeared 10 September 2010 Internet user monument in Samara. Work by sculptor Nikolay Kuklev

Located on highway Internet user monument in Samara is, in fact, a sculpture of a monkey sitting on a monitor and holding a keyboard in its hand. According to authors of the monument, thoughtful ape is the symbol of development and a flexible mind that easily grasps new technologies. And of course, you can and should make a wish. Type your desire on the keyboard and it will come true! By the way, no letters – so that the desire can be typed in any language. However, according to locals, the monument depicts all operators and system administrators. Meanwhile, the monument appeared 10 September 2010 in the framework of the project “Megaphone gives a legend”. The mobile operator decided to refine Samara and the project conceived five monuments. Among them – monuments to the elephant, crocodile, telephone and now – a monkey. The sculptor who created this monument – Nikolay Kuklev.
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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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Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument

Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument

September 24, 2016. Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument. Sculptor Pyotr Chegodaev

Sambo founder Vasili Oshchepkov monument opened in Vladivostok

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Vladivostok opened a memorial complex to the founder of sambo in Russia Vasili Oshchepkov. The monument appeared near the sports center of CSKA (Korabelnaya Embankment, 21), where in 1914 opened the first section of judo in Russia.
At 16.30 near the memorial complex gathered about 300 people. Prior to the inauguration of the monument (the work of the local sculptor Pyotr Chegodaev), before the people spoke high guests. In particular, the assistant to the president of the Russian Federation and the chairman of the supervisory board of the Amur tiger center Konstantin Chuichenko, the governor of the Primorsky Territory Vladimir Miklushevsky, acting Mayor of Vladivostok Konstantin Loboda and General Consul of Japan Kasai Tatsuhiko.
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Stories behind hare monuments worldwide

Stories behind hare monuments worldwide. Escaped flooding little hare monument in St. Petersburg

Arseniy, the hare. Sculptor Petrovichev. Escaped flooding hare monument in St. Petersburg. Stories behind hare monuments worldwide

Stories behind hare monuments worldwide

In fact, there are tens of monuments to this charming furry animal in the world. And this post features most famous of them. The first one – located in St. Petersburg small monument to escaped from the flood cute hare. Put on one of the piles that protect the St. John bridge against ice, it has become one of the main tourist sights. According to legend, during the flood, little bunny jumped into the boot of Tsar Peter and thus escaped. Thanks to this heroic hare, the island on which stands the Peter and Paul Fortress, called Zayachiy (Russian for “hare”). Besides, Arseniy (the name given to animal by locals) fulfills wishes. Traditionally, people throw coins onto its wooden pedestal, and if coins remain on it, dream will come true. Meanwhile, timbered foundation on which a hare sits, always attracts tourists to compete in accuracy. Noteworthy, a small, 58 cm in height, figure of bunny is the creation of sculptor Petrovichev.
St. Petersburg authorities opened monument May 7, 2003, at the same time with putting into operation after the restoration the St. John bridge. Since then, the bunny and the bridge are inextricably linked and the small sculpture is the mascot of the bridge.
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Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

Bronze composition of a big dog and a cute mongrel puppy. 2010. Ufa, Russia. Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

According to dental clinic managers, the monument is a tribute to the human friends who served to the medical science. Actually, the sculptural composition became an unusual way to mark the anniversary of one of the largest networks of dental clinics in Ufa, Bashkiria. The company’s management wanted to somehow perpetuate their work in bronze. According to them, sculpture of tooth would be somehow banal, so, they decided to erect a monument to a cute dog and her puppy. Why these animals? Going to the dentist is always stressful. But we don’t even ask some dogs – we put them in the dental chair and for the sake of science pull out old tooth and insert new one. “Not that dentists tortured conscience – we just wanted to pay tribute to the heroic dogs”, explained the managers. “The fact is that we have developed a unique technology for the transplantation of donor tooth. And new implants are tested on the dogs, because their immune system is well suited for these experiments”.
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Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals

Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals. Moscow. Photo Janet1981

Amazing Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals. Moscow. Photo Janet1981

Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals is one of the most interesting in the facade decoration buildings in Moscow. The locals call located on Chistoprudny Boulevard, a former apartment house of the Church of the Holy Trinity very simply – house with animals. Performed in the style of the Art Nouveau building of the early 20th century gained its fame thanks to the unique terracotta bas-reliefs. The bas-reliefs of fantastic animals, birds and plants adorn the walls of the the third and fourth floors. They look fantastic – owls and ducks, griffins, dragons, lions, chimeras, unusual plants and flowers, and some unidentified creatures. Creating the bas-reliefs the artistic team “Murava” used sketches of artist Sergei Vashkov. Vashkov was a pupil of a famous Russian painter Vasnetsov and one of the recognized masters of Moscow Art Nouveau. Besides, he was a specialist in the field of religious art. Interestingly, after the construction of the house, Sergei Vashkov settled in it.
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