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Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake

Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake

Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake. Work by Soviet sculptor Dmitry Ryabichev (1926-1995)

One of the most significant monuments in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, is “Courage” – Monumental complex dedicated to 1966 earthquake. It stands at the intersection of Sharaf Rashidov avenue (in Soviet times Lenin Avenue) and Abdullah Kadiri street.
At 5:24, on April 26, 1966, an earthquake measuring 8,3 points on the Richter scale shook the city. The strongest seismic impact changed the face of the city forever. Noteworthy, the epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of about ten kilometers right under the central districts of Tashkent. Accordingly, the “Courage” monument appeared later approximately on this place.
Interestingly, the tragic event which took place on 26 April 1966 has mystic symbols, I mean 26 April – Chernobyl tragedy (1986), and the year 1966 speaks for itself.
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Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument

Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument

Bukhara, Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument, sculptor Yakov Shapiro

Installed in 1979, Uzbek folklore character Nasreddin Hodja monument decorates the center of the ancient and beautiful city of Bukhara. Located on the Mekkhtan Anbar street, so-called architectural ensemble of Lyabi-Khauz (“On the banks of the reservoir” in Uzbek), consists mainly of the 16th-century buildings. In particular, Madrassah of Kukeldash, Hanako (something like a hospice house for wandering preachers – dervishes) and the Nodir Divan Begi Madrasah, built in the 17th century, as well as the reservoir-house. However, the modern monument to the legendary hero of folklore Nasreddin Hodja Afandi became an integral part of this ensemble.
The author of the monument – sculptor Yakov Shapiro. Made of bronze sculpture stands on a rectangular pedestal. Nasreddin Hodja is sitting on a donkey, and his left hand raised in greeting, while fingers squeeze a small coin. He pressed his right hand to the chest, on the head – the skullcap, and a cunning and kind smile is on the face.
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History behind bicycle monument

History behind bicycle monument

Yekaterinburg. Monument to the inventor of the bicycle Yefim Artamonov. History behind bicycle monument

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.
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Internet user monument in Samara

Internet user monument in Samara

Appeared 10 September 2010 Internet user monument in Samara. Work by sculptor Nikolay Kuklev

Located on highway Internet user monument in Samara is, in fact, a sculpture of a monkey sitting on a monitor and holding a keyboard in its hand. According to authors of the monument, thoughtful ape is the symbol of development and a flexible mind that easily grasps new technologies. And of course, you can and should make a wish. Type your desire on the keyboard and it will come true! By the way, no letters – so that the desire can be typed in any language. However, according to locals, the monument depicts all operators and system administrators. Meanwhile, the monument appeared 10 September 2010 in the framework of the project “Megaphone gives a legend”. The mobile operator decided to refine Samara and the project conceived five monuments. Among them – monuments to the elephant, crocodile, telephone and now – a monkey. The sculptor who created this monument – Nikolay Kuklev.
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Monument to brave female pilot Olga Sanfirova

Monument to brave female pilot Olga Sanfirova

Samara, Russia. Monument to brave female pilot Olga Sanfirova (May 2, 1917 – December 13, 1944). Authors: sculptor Alexander Golovnin and architect Nikolai Krasko

Monument to brave female pilot Olga Sanfirova

Hero of the Soviet Union, guard captain Olga Aleksandrovna Sanfirova (May 2, 1917, Samara – December 13, 1944, Poland) was the brave commander of the airborne regiment of the Taman Squadron, an order-bearer who carried out more than eight hundred combat sorties, which in many ways helped our army to defeat the German army. Enemies often called such brave female pilots “night witches” and not in vain. They silently and very carefully selected fascist positions, unexpectedly dropped bombs, and then dissolved in total darkness. Fascists really feared and hated them. However, in their homeland, on the contrary, such heroes were loved and cherished.
Unfortunately, Olya Sanfirova died in Poland, at the age of 27, just six months before the victory of the Soviet Union, in December 1944. She was posthumously awarded the title of Hero.
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Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Arsinoitherium, prehistoric animal. Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Arsinoitherium, prehistoric animal. Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Located in Niigata Prefecture on the island of Honshu, Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan attracts a lot of tourists in September, every year. In Japanese, “Wara” means rice straw, accordingly, the festival Wara means Rice straw sculptures festival. And September, when a lot of straw remains, is the best month for organizing such art festival. Basically, it is used as a bedding for livestock. However, the Japanese craftsmen came up with all their fantasy in creating giant sculptures. First, they build a wooden frame, and then lay straw or hay on it. In this way, they can recreate any figure – from a dinosaur to a scorpion. In addition to animals, masters skillfully build straw equipment and buildings.
Sculpture sizes up to 10 meters and more. Unfortunately, at the end of the holiday, they put them on fire. Each master burns his work to the glory of the festival and future meetings.
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Monuments dedicated to books and reading

Monuments dedicated to books and reading. A girl with a book. Taganrog, 2010

A girl with a book. In January 2010 at the Taganrog library appeared a bronze monument ‘The Young Reader’ by sculptor Dmitry Lyndin. (to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Chekhov). Monuments dedicated to books and reading

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.
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