Russian Imperial banknote monument by Gennady Manekin
“I consider these banknotes the most refined in world history, and just emphasized the greatness of our History”, says Gennady Manekin. Used in Russia until 1919, these paper banknotes were very valuable. For example, for 10 rubles you could buy 2 cows, or 1 horse.
A self-taught sculptor, Manekin has been sculpting and painting since childhood. “As long as I remember myself – I painted, sculpted all the time”. About 30 years ago, for the first time, he saw old banknotes in the photograph and their beauty and grace conquered him.
Over the years, having accumulated the luggage of skills in this craft, he embodied the dream of youth and sculpted these magical paper bills, immortalized in stone. Noteworthy, he is the first who was not afraid to take up a complex painstaking project, as a keepsake for descendants about paper money.
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Russian Imperial banknote monument by Gennady Manekin
Stories behind musical instrument monuments
Located on the avenue of Pushkinskaya Embankment, the monument “Romance with a double bass” appeared in Taganrog 12 September 2008.
Based on the eponymous humoresque of Anton Chekhov “Romance with a double bass”, it immediately became favorite of the townspeople. As a literary basis, the sculptor Dmitry Lyndin took the image of the young princess Bibulova. She, in an absurd combination of circumstances turned out to be locked in a case of this double bass. The graceful maiden figure cautiously peeps out of the case, and on the face of the beauty we see fright, while the elegant leg is ready to hide back.
Noteworthy, the instrument without a cover, and a lady without clothes. However, there is not a drop of vulgarity, because the love of music is not erotic, but platonic. At the heart of the idea is a simple and universally accessible metaphor. For its implementation, the sculptor chose an ideal shape: no sharp corners and smooth lines.
Famous Russian Samovar monuments
Suksun, a city-type settlement in the Perm region of Russia, bears the name of “the capital of the Russian samovar.” Located on the left bank of the Sylva River (Chusovoy tributary), the city got its name from the Turkic word suksun, which means “jelly water”. Meanwhile, the found here copper deposits became the reason of establishing here a settlement and later a city (1651). Since the 17th century it was here that the production of samovars began.
The monument to the famous Suksun samovar appeared in 2006. The author of the monument is the teacher of the Perm branch of the Russian Academy of Painting and Sculpture Ivan Ivanovich Storozhev. The monument to the samovar consists of 4 sculptures, which symbolize prosperity, strong family relations and hospitality. The height of the monument is 3 meters, and its weight is more than 900 kg.
Meanwhile, there is a popular belief that if to rub a Suksun samovar you will always be surrounded by friends and close people. In addition, on their wedding day the newlyweds come here to perform a kind of ritual. In particular, after holding on to the tap of the samovar, they make a wish and believe that their family life will be long and happy. Besides, the locals and guests of the city, in the hope of returning here again, fill a cup of tea with coins.
Singapore most notable monuments
One of the most famous sculptures, “Newton” by Salvador Dali decorates the area near United Overseas Bank. Actually, it belongs to the same bank. The sculpture installed in 1985, depicts a notorious apple, which contributed to the discovery of the law of universal gravitation. However, it is not falling down from a tree, but a ball falling from the right hand of the scientist. Through the open chest we see the heart of Newton, which symbolizes his spiritual openness and generosity, and the open skull symbolizes his open-mindedness and wide horizons. These are qualities, according to Dali, without which it is impossible to achieve success and recognition.
History behind bicycle monument
Noteworthy, the first bicycle with pedals and steering was built in Russia by the serf smith Artamonov. Then, the first cyclist came from Verkhoturye of the Urals to Moscow. A crowd of people gathered at the Khodynka Field watching in amazement at two-wheeled cart of Artamonov. That’s why that distant now day – September 15, 1801 is considered the “birthday” of the bicycle.
According to the Russians, the inventor of the world’s first two-wheeled bicycle was the Ural serf smith Yefim Mikheevich Artamonov. He worked at Pozhvinsky factory of count Vsevolzhsky. Born in 1776 into the family of Mikhey Artamonov, a specialist in the construction of barges, the boy had to help his father since early age. When he was 14 years old, he began to work at the Nizhny Tagil plant of a wealthy businessman Demidov. The plant was very far from the house, and the boy often had to walk from Nizhny Tagil to his home, covering only one way eighty kilometers. Then, apparently, he had an idea about the construction of a scooter, prototype of a bicycle.
Monuments dedicated to books and reading
Books share with us the experience and knowledge of previous generations, demanding nothing in return, except careful treatment. Undoubtedly, beading books makes us smarter, more literate and more intelligent. Indeed, the book makes a person think, broadens his horizons. Moreover, the book can help cope with the so-called computer and game addiction. Books can captivate with the colorful and mysterious world of adventure, fantasy, and novels. But the main thing, it enriches our spiritual world. Accordingly, Man, in gratitude to the book, dedicates monument to it. So, the monuments dedicated to books and reading, are found all over the world. In particular, in Russia there are several such monuments.
Famous Antonovka Apple monument
The monument to the famous Antonovka stands in the center of Kursk on Lenin Street. It is this sort of apples that symbolizes the city of Kursk. The author of the monument is the famous sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov. Among his notable works are the monuments to Cyril and Methodius, Marshal Zhukov in Moscow, Pushkin in Tiraspol and Arzamas, and Andrei Rublev in Radonezh. The height of this copper apple is 2 meters, and the weight is about 150 kilograms.
Meanwhile, apple monument symbolizes the achievement of a specific goal, and the completion of the process. In addition, it means the acquisition of a previously unknown meaning of life, as well as the result of certain actions.