The monument to Yuri Nikulin is a remarkable sculpture located near the Nikulin Circus in Moscow on Tsvetnoy Boulevard. The monument was opened quite recently – in September 2000, but has already gained fame as a landmark in the capital, which must certainly be visited and seen with your own eyes.
The sculptor A. Rukavishnikov approached the creation of the monument very creatively – a convertible was cast from bronze, which is known to every viewer from the film “Prisoner of the Caucasus”. Next to the car is the well-known Yuri Nikulin in clown vestments. Because all his life he worked and created with one goal – to amuse and delight ordinary people, so that every day becomes a little more joyful and brighter. The bronze convertible is almost an exact copy of the car from the film, only on a reduced scale.
The sculpture was recreated using frames from the production thanks to a computer program that made it possible to achieve a high level of compliance. Initially, many other layouts were presented for consideration – Yuri Nikulin with clown props or sad performances with a slightly open curtain and an artist. But, in the end, preference was given to this project, which in one production was able to combine both the circus and the cinema. The site of the monument was also not chosen by chance – it was placed in front of the circus, in which the great artist worked for more than 50 years, first as a clown, and then took over as director.
In the immediate vicinity of the monument and the Yuri Nikulin circus itself there are: the State Literary Museum, the Gertsev Gallery, the Vasnetsov House-Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.