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Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions

Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions

Fragment of Three Graces, Spring, Botticelli. Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions

Three Graces monuments and sculptural compositions
Many masterpieces of sculpture live throughout the centuries, and sometimes even millennia have enjoyed constant success. Their attraction, thanks to beauty and inner meaning, remains unchanged at all times and for all peoples. As a rule, these masterpieces survive to our time through replicas created often after the lapse of centuries after the emergence of the original idea and its implementation. The same as it’s impossible to count the diamonds in stone caves, one can’t count how many monuments and sculptural compositions on the plot of “Three Gracia” exist all over the world.
How did the theme of the Three Graces appeared in the world? It originates from ancient Greek mythology. The Charites, as goddesses of grace, charms and beauty, were inspiration muses, close to art. In Roman mythology they were called graces (Latin gratia – “charm, grace, attraction, gratitude”). In ancient Rome, the graces are the wonderful companions of Venus and Aphrodite. They give mortals gaiety, dexterity, a pleasant disposition of the spirit, as well as generosity and prudence. Their attributes are a rose, a myrtle or an apple.
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French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument

French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument in Nizhny Novgorod

French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument in Nizhny Novgorod. Sculptor Fanil Valiullin

French science fiction writer Jules Verne monument appeared in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 27 September, 2015. Meanwhile, made of plastic painted in bronze color, the monument to the great French writer became the first installed in Russia. The sculptor depicted Jules Verne flying in a hot-air balloon, and in his hand he is holding a Spyglass. The figure of the writer in human growth stands in the basket of a balloon. Together with the balloon, the monument is a composition about 10 meters high. The sculpture was installed on the initiative of a construction company, which has a housing complex in the city, named after a French writer.
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Monument to American woman Eleanor Lord Pray

American woman Eleanor Lord Pray monument in Vladivostok

4 July 2014. Vladivostok. Monument to American woman Eleanor Lord Pray who lived here for 36 years. Sculptor Alexei Bokiy, St. Petersburg

Monument to American woman Eleanor Lord Pray, who lived in Vladivostok, Russia for 36 years – from July 1894 to December 1930. The grand opening of the sculpture took place on July 4, just on the Independence Day of the United States. In addition, it was on the eve of the festivities in honor of the birthday of Vladivostok – the capital of Far East of Russia. Depicted descending from the steps Eleanor Pray, as if hurrying to the city post office, where she went, almost daily for 36 years, sending letters to her relatives in the US. In her letters, she described in detail the city at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. Jokingly called by the locals “the first blogger of Vladivostok”, Eleonora Prey created a chronicle of the life of that time. Noteworthy, she also made about a thousand unique photographs. Later, her relatives found these letters and published a book about the old Vladivostok, which became a bestseller.
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Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

Kursk. Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

11 meter cross made of wrought copper, and mounted on a stone base 3.5 m high in Cheremisinovo, Kursk region. On the sketch of People’s Artist of Russia, Honored sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov. Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

Behind Russian monumental wayside crosses

First of all, the tradition to establish monumental crosses outside the temple comes back to ancient times. Made of stone or wood, they have a height of several meters. Such crosses call for prayer and worship of the Savior, and therefore called worshipers. Put for various reasons, the first worshiping crosses appeared in apostolic times. According to their spiritual significance, they were missionary. In particular, Nestor the chronicler in the “Tale of Bygone Years” mentions the installation of crosses by the holy apostle Andrew the First-Called on the Kiev mountains. And also on Valaam after the overthrow of the idols of Perun and Veles.
Meanwhile, the aim of wayside crosses differs – from thankful, or memorable, to providing safety, from used as chapels, and to primitive (navigation). However, the division of crosses into different species (as well as many other divisions) is rather arbitrary. Often the same worship cross could be both a vowal, a boundary, and a protective one.
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Heroic mother Matryona Yakovleva monument

Heroic mother Matryona Yakovleva monument

The village of Bub, Sivinsky district of Perm region. Heroic mother Matryona Yakovleva monument

Heroic mother Matryona Yakovleva monument

A simple peasant woman lived with her husband and sons in a good house and kept a huge farm: cows, calf, sheep, and pigs. All of them worked on the collective farm, and in 1941, when the war broke out, Matryona’s husband and sons went to the front. In 1943, the newspapers wrote about the fierce battle at Stalingrad, and the woman’s heart was bursting with emotions for her husband, sons and for her Motherland. She could not sit idly by and made a bold decision: she went to the market and sold everything that was in the house – seven heads of livestock, oil, honey, and flour. As a result, she got 100 thousand rubles – a huge amount for those times! All the money she put in a canvas bag and brought to the local branch of the State Bank.
“Here, take it,” she said to the stunned staff. – I believe, that it should be enough for the plane. My sons are fighting, I must help”.
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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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Bauman district people’s militia monument

Bauman district people's militia monument

Bauman district people’s militia monument. Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Bauman district people’s militia monument appeared October 14, 2015, in Moscow on Razgulay Square, in the Bauman district. The monument dedicated to the 7th Bauman division of the people’s militia, which took part in the defense of the capital. Formed in 1941 during the Great Patriotic War 7th Bauman district people’s militia played a huge role in the defense of Moscow. Noteworthy, it included people of different professions and nationalities, and consisted of about 12,000 people. The authors of the monument – sculptor Zurab Tsereteli and architect M.M. Posokhin. The monument is a three-meter composition of copper – a figure of a woman with a portrait of a soldier in her hands and a girl.
Dressed in a hoodie woman, as a collective image of grief, in a broad sense she personifies Motherland and can be a wife, sister or mother of a soldier. The portrait in her hands symbolizes the eternal memory of the heroes. The girl, on the contrary, smiles, she is a symbol of a peaceful future. A bronze sculpture about 3 meters high was installed on a granite pedestal, on which engraved a thank you sign: “To the Bauman people’s militia of 1941 from grateful Muscovites”.
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