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Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments

Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments

Fairy-tale square in Krasnoyarsk with a sculptural composition depicting the main heroes of Russian folk tale. Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments

Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments
Russian folk tale “Ivan Tsarevich and the Gray Wolf” – loved by both children and adults. The main heroes of the fairy tale – Ivan Tsarevich – the youngest son of King Berendey, who went in search of the mysterious Firebird for King Berendey. And of course, the Gray Wolf – Ivan’s faithful friend and assistant in his quest to obtain the Firebird for the King. The most important thing is that the wolf protects him from all the dangers that meet him on his way.
Meanwhile, children get acquainted with this fairy tale by both – reading the book (in the version of AN Tolstoy), and watching cartoons. In addition, there are films based on this story. The heroes of this fairy tale, embodied in monuments and sculptural compositions, decorate the parks and streets of Russia and Ukraine.
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Slavic deities wooden sculpture in Togliatti

Slavic deities wooden sculpture in Togliatti

Looking at you wooden idol. Slavic deities wooden sculpture in Togliatti. Work by 70-old pensioner Evgeny. Russia

Slavic deities wooden sculpture in Togliatti

In the depths of the forest, behind the sanatorium “Prilesye”, that is in Togliatti there is a pagan temple. It is here the amazing sculptures of Slavic idols decorate the forest. Their author – Evgeny, a 70-year-old woodcarver. According to the reviews of those who met and talked with him, Evgeny is friendly and quite cheerful. He works at the behest of the soul, as the Master should. He is constantly in the open air, and lives in a tent in this forest. Unfortunately, vandals spoil and even burn his sculptures from time to time. “They destroy and burn, and I’m building again,” he said with a smile.
The scale of his work, of course, is impressive. This is a titanic, uninterrupted work. Many dozens of pine trunks processed over the years can impress anyone. In search of deadly trees Evgeny passes many kilometers away from his tent. To deliver the trunk to the right place, he sometimes has to spend up to 4-6 hours a day. Chisel, ax, chainsaw – these are the main tools for the master. Meanwhile, in addition to carving wood, he also engages in healing. People who wish to get rid of infertility, from male impotence, and from other ailments visit him.
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Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood. Mother and child sculpture in Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl, Russia. Located in the park-museum ‘The Governor’s Garden’ Mother and child monument made of wood. Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

The unique sculpture made of wood decorates the park-museum “The Governor’s Garden” in Yaroslavl. Meanwhile, the sculpture has a great meaning. Children are our roots, what remains on earth when parents go to heaven. No doubt, Mom is the most loving and devoted person in the world. She is sincerely happy for our successes, supports us in failures and worries for every step we take in life. We owe her our life, we share with her joys, anxieties and the most secret desires. Undoubtedly, Moms are the people who deserve monuments. So, let’s have a look at the small part of stunning sculptures dedicated to moms, which mostly appeared in Russia for the last decade.
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Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park

Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park in Yalta

Three epic heroes. Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park in Yalta, Crimea

Fairy Tale characters wooden sculpture park in Yalta
“Glade of Fairy Tales” – a unique children’s museum of sculptures on a fairy-tale theme in the open air. Located in one of the most beautiful corners of the Southern coast of Crimea, in the picturesque surroundings of Yalta near the Wuchang-Su waterfall. Initially, it was folk master Pavel Bezrukov, who chose the forest at the foot of the quaint rock of Stavri-Kaya and founded a sculptural park in 1960. Today the exposition of the museum consists of more than 300 sculptures. On them worked by folk craftsmen and professional artists not only from Yalta, but also other cities of Crimea, Moscow, Pervouralsk, Yerevan, Vilnius, and others. In the hands of talented craftsmen a simple tree, ordinary clay, cold metal and concrete turned into characters of fairy tales, epics, legends and myths.
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Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument

Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument

Bukhara, Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument, sculptor Yakov Shapiro

Installed in 1979, Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument decorates the center of the ancient and beautiful city of Bukhara. Located on the Mekkhtan Anbar street, so-called architectural ensemble of Lyabi-Khauz (“On the banks of the reservoir” in Uzbek), consists mainly of the 16th-century buildings. In particular, Madrassah of Kukeldash, Hanako (something like a hospice house for wandering preachers – dervishes) and the Nodir Divan Begi Madrasah, built in the 17th century, as well as the reservoir-house. However, the modern monument to the legendary hero of folklore Nasreddin Hodja Afandi became an integral part of this ensemble.
The author of the monument – sculptor Yakov Shapiro. Made of bronze sculpture stands on a rectangular pedestal. Nasreddin Hodja is sitting on a donkey, and his left hand raised in greeting, while fingers squeeze a small coin. He pressed his right hand to the chest, on the head – the skullcap, and a cunning and kind smile is on the face.
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Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary

Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary

Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary. Sculptor Vladimir Nagornov, architects V.A. Filatov, Y.M. Novoselov and AB Oreshnikov

Protecting Mother monument in Cheboksary

Opened in Cheboksary on May 9, 2003 Monument to the Protecting Mother quickly became a symbol of Cheboksary, the capital of the Chuvash Republic, but of the entire republic as a whole. Noteworthy, the height of the statue is greater than all previously created in Chuvashia monuments, as together with the pedestal it is 46 meters. And taking into account the height of the mound – it towers 57 meters over the Gulf of Cheboksary. On the plate, attached at the bottom of the pedestal, written in two languages (Russian and Chivash) phrase “Blessed are my children, who live in peace and love”.
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Homunculus Loxodontus – Eternally waiting humanoid monument

Eternally waiting humanoid monument - Homunculus Loxodontus by Margriet van Breevoort, 2016

Eternally waiting humanoid monument – Homunculus Loxodontus by Margriet van Breevoort, 2016

Eternally waiting humanoid monument
In May 2016 Dutch artist Margriet Van Breevoort installed her sculpture Homunculus Loxodontus near a children’s hospital in the town of Lend. Translated from the Latin – “humanoid elephant” the sculpture symbolizes people waiting in the queue to see a doctor. According to the artist herself, her character is “a kind of failed experiment, he waits and hopes to get better”. Besides, he is “like a big lump of flesh, but so cute that many want to embrace him.” By the way, in 2016 the sculpture became the most photographed attraction in Lend.
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