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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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Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals

Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals. Moscow. Photo Janet1981

Amazing Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals. Moscow. Photo Janet1981

Art Nouveau house bas-reliefs of fantastic animals is one of the most interesting in the facade decoration buildings in Moscow. The locals call located on Chistoprudny Boulevard, a former apartment house of the Church of the Holy Trinity very simply – house with animals. Performed in the style of the Art Nouveau building of the early 20th century gained its fame thanks to the unique terracotta bas-reliefs. The bas-reliefs of fantastic animals, birds and plants adorn the walls of the the third and fourth floors. They look fantastic – owls and ducks, griffins, dragons, lions, chimeras, unusual plants and flowers, and some unidentified creatures. Creating the bas-reliefs the artistic team “Murava” used sketches of artist Sergei Vashkov. Vashkov was a pupil of a famous Russian painter Vasnetsov and one of the recognized masters of Moscow Art Nouveau. Besides, he was a specialist in the field of religious art. Interestingly, after the construction of the house, Sergei Vashkov settled in it.
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Ob-Ugriс Gods and Spirits sculptural alley

God watching over people. Ob-Ugriс Gods and Spirits sculptural alley. 2010. Sculptor Volodya Sargsyan

God watching over people. Ob-Ugriс Gods and Spirits sculptural alley. 2010. Sculptor Volodya Sargsyan

Ob-Ugriс Gods and spirits sculptural alley represents mythology of the space division of the world. Located in Khanty-Mansiysk, the group of 7 monumental and decorative sculptures called “Gods and spirits” displays the rich mythology of the Ob-Ugric peoples. Each sculpture height – 3.8 m and width – 1.2 m resembles a tree that grows from the ground, as if symbolizing the universal tree that connects the past, present and future. The top resembles a crown of holy tree, which shows the different characters of the gods and spirits with their environment. Besides, ornaments, located on the pole, relate directly to the images of the composition, and contain ornaments, symbols and mysterious codes that make up the meaning and essence of each of the compositions.
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Pavlovo Lemon Monument in Nizhny Novgorod region

Pavlovo Lemon Monument

Made of metal Pavlovo Lemon Monument in Nizhny Novgorod region. Authors – teachers and students of the Pavlovo Art College

Pavlovo Lemon Monument

Pavlovo – an ancient city, known for its artisans and craftsmen of blacksmiths. Traditional occupations of people, and their exotic hobbies reflected in unusual monuments, classified as modern attractions. And one of the most famous ancient local entertainments has been indoor citrus growing. It is difficult to say when exactly these exotic overseas fruits appeared in the village, but today Pavlovian indoor lemon is known far beyond the city. In the summer of 2005, during the celebration of the Day on the market square, took place a solemn ceremony of opening the monument to Pavlovo. The sculpture is made of metal, with elements of forging. The authors of the monument – a team of teachers and students of the Pavlovo Art College.
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Comedy actor Georgy Vitsin Monument

Comedy actor Georgy Vitsin Monument

Bronze sculpture of Balzaminov from the film “Marriage of Balzaminov” (1964), Zelenogorsk (Leningrad region). Comedy actor Georgy Vitsin Monument. Sculptor Yuri Kryakvin

Comedy actor Georgy Vitsin Monument

Once, there lived a man. Some called him a saint, others – a hermit and eccentric, or just a fool … Every morning to the door of his house on Arbat street flew a large flock of pigeons. And stray dogs, happily wagging their tails ran toward, and the homeless, with whom Moscow was rich in the 1990s. And all of them were waiting for a very modest and inconspicuous elderly man in a shabby jacket, cap, almost pulled down over his eyes … He did not like, when somebody recognized him! And for everyone he found not only a good word, but also a treat: he fed the birds with bread, dogs – with sausages and bones, and homeless – with bread, sausages, and a little money … This angel was famous Russian actor Georgy Vitsin.
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