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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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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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