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Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Arsinoitherium, prehistoric animal. Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Arsinoitherium, prehistoric animal. Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Located in Niigata Prefecture on the island of Honshu, Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan attracts a lot of tourists in September, every year. In Japanese, “Wara” means rice straw, accordingly, the festival Wara means Rice straw sculptures festival. And September, when a lot of straw remains, is the best month for organizing such art festival. Basically, it is used as a bedding for livestock. However, the Japanese craftsmen came up with all their fantasy in creating giant sculptures. First, they build a wooden frame, and then lay straw or hay on it. In this way, they can recreate any figure – from a dinosaur to a scorpion. In addition to animals, masters skillfully build straw equipment and buildings.
Sculpture sizes up to 10 meters and more. Unfortunately, at the end of the holiday, they put them on fire. Each master burns his work to the glory of the festival and future meetings.
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Creepy sculptures with human teeth

Creepy sculptures with human teeth. A scary couple of a man and a woman with human teeth. Work by Veijo Ronkkonen, Parikkala, Finland

Creepy sculptures with human teeth. A scary couple of a man and a woman with human teeth. Work by a local self-taught artist Veijo Ronkkonen, Parikkala, Finland

Creepy sculptures with human teeth
These creepy sculptures stand along the road going from Imatra in Savonlinna, in Finland. The most interesting is the fact that they have human teeth. The maniac sculptor is unknown but the fact of creation is evident. Since the artist is unknown, there’s a suspicion that somewhere, near the road lives a dentist with artistic talent of a sculptor.
And, as it has become later known from some sources, the sculptor is not a maniac at all. In fact, he is a Finnish self taught artist Veijo Ronkkonen (born 1944), who lives in Parikkala, less than a kilometer from the Russian border. He began using dentures in his figures in 1976; ‘Javelin Thrower’ flaunts the false teeth of the artist’s father, who died in 1975. Visitors have since donated dentures to be used in Ronkkonen’s work.
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Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture

Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture

Malachite Maid, or Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture. Beryozovsky, Sverdlovsk region, Russia. 24 June 2016. Author Natalia Tatarinova

Mistress of Copper Mountain Topiary sculpture

Workers of Beryozovsky gold mine have long been famous for thirst of creativity and thirst for beauty. Thanks to their enthusiasm, next the plant, in the evening on 24 June 2016 appeared six-meter sculpture of the Mistress of Copper Mountain. The author of the idea of ​​a new sculpture – a design engineer of Beryozovsky mine Natalia Tatarinova. She said: “Mistress of Copper Mountain is the only character associated with the production of metal, and precious stones. In our Russian culture, which unites the whole country, there is nothing more significant, – says Natalia Tatarinova. – In addition, Beryozovsky – the first city, where they opened a gold mine. People should know their history. And most children know the fairy tale “Mistress of Copper Mountain”, it is an interesting sculpture”.
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Eastern Europe Monuments Park in Manchuria

Eastern Europe Monuments Park

Eastern Europe Monuments Park in China exhibits copies of exclusively Russian monuments and sculptures

Eastern Europe Monuments Park in Manchuria, that is in the northern China, on the border between China and Russia. Despite its name, the park exhibits copies of exclusively Russian monuments and sculptures. Among them are copy of the famous monument by Vera Mukhina “Worker and Collective Farm woman”, Bronze Horseman (copy of the monument to Peter The Great in St. Petersburg), copy of the Volgograd monument “Motherland Calls”, the monuments of famous Russian poets and writers such as Pushkin, Turgenev, and others. In the evening the sculptures are illuminated, the classical music and music of Soviet authors is played, that adds a special effect to the sculptural park in Chinese Manchuria.
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