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Category Archive: Folk monuments

Lena River monument Eastern Siberia

Lena River monument Eastern Siberia

“Beauty Lena”. Lena River monument Eastern Siberia. Olekminsk, Yakutia. Sculptor Nikolai Chochchasov

The Lena River monument Eastern Siberia

“Beauty Lena” – the name of this three-meter monument, set on the banks of the beautiful river in Yakutia. The Lena is the 11th longest river in the world and the 3rd largest river in Asia. The author of the first and only monument to the largest in Eastern Siberia waterway has become Nikolai Chochchasov (according to some sources, the author of the sculpture – Honored Artist of Russia, Yakut art school teacher Semyon Prokopyev, who worked with his students). But the social page of the talented Yakut artist Nikolai Chochchasov clearly leaves no doubts in the authorship – it is Nikolai Chochchasov. Around the monument image were disputes. The fact that in the Yakut folklore river-nurse for centuries considered a grandmother. However, residents of the Olekminsk city, where the monument was to be installed, decided that for them the Lena River – a girl in the prime of her beauty. And now snow-white beauty with curly, like waves hair meets the tourists at the city’s waterfront. The monument to the 380th anniversary of the city opened a few days ago, and it has become a major attraction and the main object for selfie. The three-meter Lena created from special white durable concrete, able to withstand the harsh climate and temperatures from -60 to +60.
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Bronze Mermaid prototype Ellen Price

Bronze Mermaid prototype ballerina Ellen Price

Bronze Mermaid prototype Ellen Price

Bronze Mermaid prototype Ellen Price. The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular and well-known Danish attraction in the world. Every year, about a million people visit it. Sailors from around the world bring flowers to it. The monument of Little Mermaid reveals the story, which happened a hundred of years ago. 103 years ago, August 23, Copenhagen hosted the opening of the monument, which would later become the symbol of the Danish capital – “The Little Mermaid.” In the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen in 1909 in Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre took place the premiere of the ballet with Ellen Price in the title role. Ballerina impressed the son of the founder of the brewery «Carlsberg» so much, that he asked the sculptor E. Erickson to portray her in the image of the Little Mermaid. However, Ellen refused to pose. Whose characteristics are embodied in the famous sculpture?
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Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument

Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument

Appeared July 21, 2006 in Yekaterinburg Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument

Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument
The Monument depicts a wandering from village to village petty trader with haberdashery and manufactured goods, books, popular prints. The name Korobeinik derives from the Russian word korob – the box (wallet from the bark), in which he carried his small haberdashery-manufactured goods to the villages. History of korobeiniks, or ofenya began in the XV century. At that time to Russia moved a significant amount of the Greeks. Most of them were engaged in trade. At the same time, for Russians, to make it clearer, they called themselves natives of Athens. Accordingly, Russian people called these Greek merchants by their self-designation “Athenians”, ie “ofinyas”, or “Ofen”. Meanwhile, the vast majority of them were literate, and were masters of the book trade. They could not just praise the goods well, but knew a lot about them and told in detail.
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Lithuanian Folk sculpture

Lithuanian Folk sculpture

Lithuanian Folk sculpture

Lithuanian Folk sculpture made of wood – a unique area of ​​the Lithuanian national culture. To the development of this art form in many ways contributed the nature of the region, where the wood for centuries was the main material. From it peasants built dwellings, created household utensils. It served to the creators of unique architectural and sculptural monuments of rural chapels, “memorable” pillars, burial tombs. Especially often met small, in several tiers chapels on the poles, where the master usually placed wooden sculptures of saints, the patron saint of the peasant labor, helpers in everyday life. Such small chapels were placed near roads and rivers, in the estates and cemeteries in memory of the important events in life: birth of a child or the death of the head of the family, or simply for protection against all troubles and diseases.
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Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel

Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel

Izmailovo park. Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel

Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel settled on a bench in Izmailovo park. He hides under an umbrella and reads a book – a real Petersburg resident – intellectual. Angel gives a good mood and fresh thinking to all those who sit down next to him on the bench. Izmailovo is a beautiful garden in St. Petersburg – with quiet alleys, maple trees, and cozy benches. It makes you want to sit down on one of them and read an interesting book. However, on the same bench the reader is already sitting. So called “Petersburg Angel” – sculpture, which appeared in the Izmailovo Park October 12, 2012. A small bronze angel in long-skirted rumpled coat and funny old-fashioned hat perched on the bench back. From the rain, he is hidden under the umbrella and carefully reads his wise book. The author of the bronze sculpture is the famous St. Petersburg artist Roman Shustrov. By the way, he is the creator of a huge number of decorative dolls.
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Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument was installed in October 2014. The place for the monument was chosen the viewing platform on the mountain in the Lake Baikal area, next to the village, which locals call the “MPC”. The monument is made of bronze, its height is four meters. Next to the statue is a marble slab, on which is carved the lyrics of the song “On wild steppes of Transbaikalia”. The song was composed by the convicts in Siberia. At the beginning of the 20th century it was published and recorded. It has since become part of the repertoire of various Russian and foreign artists. The author of the sculpture “Baikal Wanderer” – Buryat sculptor Tsydenzhal Tsyzhipov. Baikal Wanderer is a collective image of the escaped convict, which the artist managed to convey the most truthful. Bronze tramp as if came out of the legendary song, which has the following lines:
He wears only a thin shirt,
And set of different patches.
The cap on his head is a convict’s cap
And he wears a grey convict’s uniform.
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Knitting grandmother monument

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

In August 2005, on the day of Belgorod, citizens and guests of the city had been made a gift in the form of new monuments. One of them – Knitting grandmother monument appeared in the city center in a park near the Drama Theatre. The sculpture is made of bronze and weighs about 300 kilograms. It was installed among the fountains and benches, ‘grandmother’ is knitting a stocking and thinking about something else. The new sculpture belongs to the category of so-called folk monuments. The authors of the sculpture – young artists from Kharkov Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko. They named their bronze creation “Memoirs.” After the monument had been officially opened, it became a place of pilgrimage. Almost everyone couldn’t help sitting on the bench next to Grandma, photographing, or just telling “her” personal problems. The bronze grandmother has become the hit of the city.
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