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Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens

Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens. Lukhovitsy, Moscow suburb

A huge Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens. Lukhovitsy, Moscow suburb. Sculptor V.B. Gorbunov

Cucumber Monument from thankful citizens appeared on the day of the 50th anniversary of the Moscow suburb city of Lukhovitsy. In addition to a huge cucumber, the sculptural composition also includes a barrel, which, in essence, is the pedestal of the monument. The inscription on it expresses gratitude to “cucumber-breadwinner” on behalf of all residents of the city.
The history of this unusual monument is quite simple: the cultivation of cucumber has long been a major source of income of the locals. For example, in the 90-ies of XX century, when the economic situation was very difficult, huge harvest of cucumbers literally saved residents. Lukhovitsy residents sold these vegetables in Moscow, and in other big cities of Russia. The high quality of Lukhovitsky cucumbers is undoubtful.
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Russian-American engineer Vladimir Zworykin monument

Russian-American engineer Vladimir Zworykin monument

Moscow. Russian-American engineer, inventor of television Vladimir Zworykin monument. 2013. Sculptor Sergei Goryaev, architect Alexei Tikhonov

Inventor of television Vladimir Zworykin monument
The opening ceremony of the monument to the inventor of television, the Russian-American engineer Vladimir Zworykin (1919, Russia – 1982, USA) took place in Moscow on July 29, 2013, the day of the 125th anniversary of the inventor. The authors of the sculptural composition “Vladimir Zworykin – inventor of television” sculptor Sergei Goryaev, and architect Alexei Tikhonov. The monument appeared near the Ostankino pond next to the TV tower “Ostankino”. Two-meter bronze figure of Zworykin leaning against the made of marble TV. In addition, any visitor can feel like a TV presenter, for it is enough to stick head in the television and smile. No wonder, it has become a tradition to be photographed with a head in the TV set.
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Quit smoking sculptural composition in Khabarovsk

Quit smoking sculptural composition in Khabarovsk

Fragment. Quit smoking sculptural composition in Khabarovsk

Quit smoking sculptural composition in Khabarovsk
So, more than 1 billion 300 thousand people smoke in the world today – just think about those numbers! Although smoking is a bad habit, but it is quite common in the life of modern cities. But do we really need to fight against tobacco addiction? The World Health Organization insists – yes. And the residents of the Far East capital constantly remember about this fight. In the summer of 2013, just opposite the entrance to Lenin Stadium, appeared a monument calling for fight against smoking.
According to the authors of the project, it is the most opportune place for such a composition: the embankment in Khabarovsk area is free of tobacco and alcohol, as located next to the stadium and a sports institute. The sculptural composition consists of two figures – a man’s shoe and woman’s shoe that trample a pack of cigarettes. Thus, the fight is gaining momentum.
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Saint-Exupery Little Prince monument in Abakan

Saint-Exupery Little Prince monument in Abakan

Bronze Sculpture dedicated to the character of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery “The Little Prince”. Saint-Exupery Little Prince monument in Abakan, Republic of Khakassia, Russia. Sculptor Andrey Murzin

Saint-Exupery Little Prince monument in Abakan

Sculpture “The Little Prince” appeared in Abakan in July 2013. Its author – sculptor from Krasnoyarsk Andrey Murzin. Sculpture depicts little prince, who is sitting on his planet and looks into the distance, his scarf sways in the wind, and in the hands – a rose. It is interesting that the planet is a hollow bronze ball outside resembling our moon – with irregularities, craters and volcanoes. The Little Prince himself completely cast in bronze. The whole composition weighs about a ton and set on a square granite pedestal. Since the sculpture is small and very nice, it is not surprising that it has caused such excitement among the kids. And, of course, appeared a tradition – to rub shoe of Little Prince, then make a wish, which will be fulfilled. In addition, the inscription on the ball reminds all passersby that it is necessary to be responsible for the world, our planet, loved ones, and those we have tamed.
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Monument to self-taught naive artist Katerina Bilokur

Monument to naive artist Katerina Bilokur in the town of Yahotyn, Ukraine

Monument to naive artist Katerina Bilokur in the town of Yahotyn, Ukraine

Naive artist Katerina Bilokur
In the world there are a lot of talented artists working in the genre of naive art. However, not every one of them has a monument installed in their honor. In honor of Ukrainian self-taught artist Katerina Bilokur installed several monuments, along with the house museum dedicated to her work.
Ukrainian folk artist Katerina Bilokur was born in the village of Bogdanovka near Kiev in a family of peasants. In the early twentieth century village the girls destined to early marriage, caring for her husband and children, chores housework, and work in the field. Belokur did not study in the school for a single day. The lack of primary education prevented her from studying at art school.
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Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

Bronze composition of a big dog and a cute mongrel puppy. 2010. Ufa, Russia. Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

Monument to Experimental animals used for medical research

According to dental clinic managers, the monument is a tribute to the human friends who served to the medical science. Actually, the sculptural composition became an unusual way to mark the anniversary of one of the largest networks of dental clinics in Ufa, Bashkiria. The company’s management wanted to somehow perpetuate their work in bronze. According to them, sculpture of tooth would be somehow banal, so, they decided to erect a monument to a cute dog and her puppy. Why these animals? Going to the dentist is always stressful. But we don’t even ask some dogs – we put them in the dental chair and for the sake of science pull out old tooth and insert new one. “Not that dentists tortured conscience – we just wanted to pay tribute to the heroic dogs”, explained the managers. “The fact is that we have developed a unique technology for the transplantation of donor tooth. And new implants are tested on the dogs, because their immune system is well suited for these experiments”.
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Monument to Tarkovsky, Shukshin and Shpalikov

Monument to Tarkovsky, Shukshin and Shpalikov

Opened in 2009 Monument to Tarkovsky, Shukshin and Shpalikov. Sculptor Alexey Blagovestov. All-Russia Institute of cinematography

Monument to Tarkovsky, Shukshin and Shpalikov
Like yesterday, three students of All-Russia Institute of cinematography came up to their alma mater, and stopped briefly on the steps … Monument to Andrei Tarkovsky, Vasily Shukshin and Gennady Shpalikov in Moscow. Three famous students of the institute, who have never been nor professors, nor the heads of the university, but managed to determine the artistic face of domestic and world cinematography of the second half of the twentieth century. The initiators of the monument became the teachers and students of the institute, and the sculptor was Alexey Blagovestov. This “VGIK trinity” depicted in a life-size, in the prime of their tragic maturity. Their fates are different but related. People of one generation, they went in different ways. In 1974 we lost Shukshin and Shpalikov. Tarkovsky died later. But here they are – three – in their beautiful life impulse.
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