Among the variety of monuments and sculptures to money, there are also monuments to wallets. These sculptures are often installed near banks, financial educational institutions and shopping centers.
Monuments to wallets: Wallet Monument in Melbourne
The Wallet Monument was created in 1994 by sculptor Simon Perry. People liked the work of the master so much that similar sights also appeared in other countries.
Monument to the purse in Brest, Belarus
Actually, this is a monument to the machine for minting coins, but the purse is huge, and coins are pouring into it. The composition also contains old scores.
It was in this place in Brest-Litovsk that the first mint on the territory of modern Belarus was opened in 1665. And the section of the current Sovetskaya Street from Gogol Street towards the railway station was called Millionnaya Street until 1919.
The Brest mint minted copper coins “solids” of 1659, introduced by the Polish king Jan II Casimir at the suggestion of the Italian Titus Livius Boratini. Hence their other name “boratinki”.
Monument to the wallet in Gomel, Belarus
The monument to the wallet is located near the building of Belarusbank. The corresponding inscription with the name of the institution is applied to the wallet itself. The purse is filled to the brim with coins, and two of them a ruble and a kopeck stand side by side.
The monument is a symbol of wealth, thrift and reliability. To succeed in the financial field, you need to take a coin from your wallet, put it on a monument for a while, and then take it back.
Monument to the wallet in Sumy, Ukraine
The monument is located in the city of Sumy near the branch of one of the Ukrainian banks, was installed in 2011. It is made in the form of a giant open purse, from which gold coins fall to the ground. The coat of arms of the city is engraved on the coins.
The monument is made of concrete, painted in golden color. The initiative to create the monument belongs to the bank, near which it is installed.
The monument has already acquired its own tradition everyone who rubs the coins lying near the wallet will have material well-being.
Wallet monument in Jekabpils, Latvia
The Wallet Monument is located on Vecpilsetas, the central square of the city, in company with monuments to the scales (it was the market square), a well and a lynx from the city’s coat of arms.
The purse monument is made of a suitable natural stone, the clasp and chain are made of metal.
Monument to Panikovsky in Kiev, Ukraine
The monument to one of the characters in the novel by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov “The Golden Calf” Mikhail Samuelevich Panikovsky was erected in 1998 and is located not far from the corner of Khreshchatyk and Proreznaya. It was there that the hero of the novel, before the revolution, earned a living by pickpocketing, stealing the wallets and watches of passers-by who helped the “blind” to cross the road.
The monument is made of bronze and has a portrait resemblance to Zinoviy Gerdt, who played the role of Panikovsky in M. Schweitzer’s film. The figure is made in the form of a blind man with a cane in a hat, with dark glasses and a spoon on a chain in his pocket. His left hand fumbles in the pocket of the one who passes in front of him. The left foot is in a hurry to step on the coin so that no one takes it. The monument is rich in small details that become noticeable upon close examination. If you put a mirror to the sole of the boot, you can see the fig.
There is also a wallet on the monument. On the small base of the monument, depicting a section of pavement paved with paving stones, an open purse is depicted, from which a coin falls out. Initials on the wallet M.I. Savelyev. So the author of the monument V. Shchur paid tribute to his teacher Maryan Savelyev.
There is also a sign of Joint Stock Bank “Etalon” on the monument.
Monument “Keeping traditions we multiply the future”
The monument was erected in the city of Vladimir on November 18, 2014. The author of the sculpture is Igor Chernoglazov. The monument is made of red-brown granite. Such a wallet weighs about 350 kilograms. The tablet reads: “The sculpture was created at the initiative and at the expense of the Vladimir branch of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, the branch of the Vladimir regional department of the Moscow Industrial Bank OJSC, the Council of People’s Deputies of Vladimir.”
Monument “Purse of Good Luck”
On June 26, 2010, this sculpture was installed on the embankment of Lake Onega in Petrozavodsk (Karelia). It was created by the Riga sculptor Aivars Kerlinsh from real stone, which reminded him of an old wallet full of money in shape, it remains only to attach a metal latch. And it was presented to Petrozavodsk from the city of Riga and the company ARHIBUUEKS (construction and design company). The sign contains the following appeal: “Petrozavodsk citizens! Be happy and rich!”
Monument “Stability and Prosperity”
The wallet monument was erected in June 2015 in Nizhny Novgorod. The sculptor is Alexey Shchitov. It is made of bronze. The sculpture is located on the site in front of the bank building and the Wedding Palace.
Monument to “Purse” in Krasnodar
The “Purse” monument in Krasnodar was opened in September 2008 for the 215th anniversary of the city. He is an exact copy of “Purse” from Melbourne (Australia), which is older by 14 years. The sculpture is made of granite chips, and the clasp is made of stainless steel. The dimensions are also impressive: the length is two meters, and the width is one meter.
Monument to the “Lost Wallet”
Monument to the “Lost Wallet” is located in Yaroslavl. He appeared there on May 25, 2018. The author of the idea is local historian and entrepreneur Yan Levin. It was created as similar as possible to the real one, so that passers-by would think that someone had lost their wallet and was trying to pick it up. Everyone who wanted to do this was filmed by a video camera.
Monument to “Purse” in Moscow
In Moscow, next to the office center, a monument to the wallet was erected. Unfortunately, I have not found any information about him.
In Kaliningrad, near the Residence of the Kings on the street. Nevsky stands the sculpture “Purse”
It has a sign with the “Legend of the Wallet” on it.
Monument “Time is money”
“Time is money”. In the suburbs of Kazan, at the Yudino railway station, in August 2000, a monument was erected, the name of which is still being debated. It was created by workers from the factory of reinforced concrete structures made of concrete. The height of the structure is two and a half meters. The sculpture is periodically repainted in different colors.
“Purse of wealth, rub and get rich!”
A forged sculpture with such an inscription is located in St. Petersburg in front of the entrance to the pawnshop.
In the Murmansk shopping and entertainment center “Murmansk Mall”, which opened on April 30, 2015, visitors had the opportunity to see a fountain in the form of a wallet.