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Friendship of Peoples pixel figure installation

Friendship of Peoples pixel figure installation

Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh). 2015 Sculpture by Moscow based designer Andrei Lublinsky. Friendship of Peoples pixel figure installation

Friendship of Peoples pixel figure installation

Created specifically for the international public art program “Friendship of Peoples” installation appeared at Moscow Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh) in summer of 2015. Its creator – designer and artist Andrei Lublinsky devoted his installation to the Soviet idea of internationalism. Actually, the 15 pixel figures just repeat the concept of world’s famous fountain “Friendship of Peoples” at VDNH. In particular, 15 pixel figures in the national costumes of the former Soviet republics performed in the style of eight-bit games, demonstrating the digital essence of visual communication. Meanwhile, restoring the Soviet mythology, Lublinsky adapts it to the present with the help of actual cultural codes.
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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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Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned - Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Kolokshinsky graven image, like Moai of Easter Island, stands on the edge of a dense forest, not far from the banks of the river Klyazma, in Vladimir region. According to local legend, Kolokshinsky idol – a monument to the drowned in the river Klyazma. In general, this weird and even frightening sculpture depicts three fragments of the human body of giant size – head, hands and foot. … Giant hand protruding from the ground, in a farewell gesture waves to passing by the living … . But especially creepy the giant looks in the sunset, as a reminder that people, each in his own time, will find their last shelter in the earth. The unknown author made the monument of pure concrete with an imitation of wood texture. Since the monument is located near the village of Koloksha, it bears the name – Kolokshinsky istukan. Its height is a little less than three human growth. In addition, at the back side of giant head is a sign that explains the cause of death. Three semi-circles symbolize the Shield of the Trinity, and the triangle in the middle symbolizes the water. However, according to those who don’t believe in mystic origin of the monument, it appeared on the territory of the sanatorium “Rublevskie Zori” specifically to attract tourists.
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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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Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

The Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

The Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

The Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

They say that since the immemorial time hell witches organized here their peers. Even the most important witch Rage, happened to appear at the annual Sabbath in honor of the shortest night. Witches can not only frighten or intimidate, but also send drought, rain or hail, eclipse the sun, and turn a man to stone … This place is special, just the brink of a mystical and real worlds where fantasy comes, awakening creative forces. Jonas Stanyus, Juodkrante forest ranger – once feeling this atmosphere, thought: why not to depict characters of fairy tales and legends that existed centuries in folklore. So, in 1979, the Lithuanian folk artists – carvers and blacksmiths – the first time gathered on the hill. They created a gallery of 25 folk sculptures. The following year – another gathering, and a year later – the third. Until now, almost every year the hill attracts the masters, who restore the old sculptures, and create new ones. And to this day, it is a solid legacy – more than 80 sculptures from oak with metal detail – a gift of folk artists to the town of Juodkrante, Lithuania and to everyone who has ever been on the Hill of Witches.
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Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

A boy hiding behind the corner of the wall, looks amazing

A boy hiding behind the corner of the wall, looks amazing. Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

How do you feel about contemporary art? Personally, I like it when the streets are decorated with unusual sculptures of talented artists. Some of them deserve special attention. Brad Spencer – talented sculptor from North Carolina. Since 1984, he has been creating sculptures … of brick. It would seem, at first glance, how may look a sculpture of a simple building brick – rude and unpretentious. But the hands of a talented artist and sculptor create works of art. “Art in the open air” surprises and amazes, unwittingly makes you wonder how this is possible.
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