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Barge Haulers on the Volga monument in Samara

Barge Haulers on the Volga monument in Samara

Barge Haulers on the Volga monument in Samara. Sculptor Nikolai Kuklev

Barge Haulers on the Volga monument in Samara
September 11, 2014 – The bronze sculptural composition “Barge Haulers on the Volga” was inaugurated at the Samara embankment to 170-year anniversary of the artist Ilya Repin. The author of the composition became Samara artist Nikolai Kuklev. Sculpture is a visualization of the famous painting: a bronze frame, easel, which depicts boat haulers and, set against the natural landscape of the Volga. The painting has dimensions of 131.5 × 281 cm and is in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The sculpture – about 1.5 m, the pedestal height – about 1 m. In 2014 Russia and, in particular, Samara, celebrated 170 years since the birth of Russian painter Ilya Repin. The history of one of the most famous works of the artist “Barge Haulers on the Volga” related to his stay in the village of Samara and Shiryaevo (Samara region).
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Philanthropist Asgat Galimzyanov monument in Kazan

Philanthropist Asgat Galimzyanov monument in Kazan

Legendary Philanthropist Asgat Galimzyanov monument in Kazan

Philanthropist Asgat Galimzyanov monument in Kazan

Asgat Galimzyanovich Galimzyanov (2 March 1936 – January 3, 2016) – the famous Soviet, Russian and Tatarstan philanthropist. Working as a carter at the Kazan collective farm market, he raised cattle in his shed and for earned money bought more than 80 buses and cars for orphanages of the Soviet Union and Russia. He became the prototype of the monument to the philanthropist in the center of Kazan.
Asgat Galimzyanov began his charitable activities with the help of the children’s home № 1 in Kazan. He brought there an entire cart of apples, pears and oranges. By the way, not all families could afford fruit at that time. Later he also bought fruit and warm clothes for kids. In addition, he donated a car Niva, and PAZ automobile. Besides, he spent much time with children, giving them a ride in a cart.
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Eight famous architects monument in St. Petersburg

Eight famous architects monument in St. Petersburg

Installed in 2011 Eight famous architects monument in St. Petersburg. The author of the whole complex is a well-known sculptor Alexander Taratynov

Eight famous architects monument in St. Petersburg has become a tribute to the great architects for their contribution to the city. Indeed, their role in the development of architecture of the northern capital of Russia is great. The sculptural composition now decorates the Alexander Park of St. Petersburg. It depicts eight most famous architects: Voronikhin, Bazhenov, Auguste de Montferrand, Trezzini, Thomas de Thomon, Rossi, Rastrelli and Zakharov. The intention of the author brought them to the map of the city, and placed around their creations in miniature: St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Stock Exchange with Rostral columns and the Admiralty. By the way, one of the chairs is free. So, any visitor can sit down and symbolically participate in the discussion of the city plan. They say, that it helps those who do not have enough inspiration for creativity.
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Monument to Ice-cream seller Zinaida Sinitsyna

Monument to Ice-cream seller Zinaida Sinitsyna

Monument to Ice-cream seller Zinaida Sinitsyna, called Snowmaiden. Blagoveshchensk, Russia. Sculptor Valery Razgonyaev

Almost the entire adult population of Blagoveshchensk remember Ice-cream seller Zinaida Sinitsyna. Sixteen years she sold ice lollies on one and the same place – in front of the Drama Theatre, under the three poplars that grow on Lenin Street to this day. Grandma has become a symbol of childhood for many citizens of Blagoveshchensk. She was almost fairy-tale hero, and even a legend. She worked from early morning till late night, until the last bus was leaving. And young people, returning from the park of culture used to talk to her, waiting for a bus. She said that sometimes in the summer, she had to spend the night, guarding her unsold boxes with ice cream. It seemed she would be forever. And so it happened. She has remained in the memory of citizens forever. According to sculptor Valery Razgonyaev, it is a monument to our childhood.
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Russian singer Zhanna Friske graveyard monument

Russian singer Zhanna Friske graveyard monument in St. Nicholas Archangel Cemetery

Russian singer Zhanna Friske graveyard monument in St. Nicholas Archangel Cemetery. December 24th, 2016. Work by sculptors Levon Manukian and Ivan Volkov

Russian singer Zhanna Friske graveyard monument

Eighteen months have passed since the death of the famous Russian singer Zhanna Friske (Jeanne Friske). She died on June 15, 2015 at her home in Balashikha. Her younger sister Natalia said last fall that she, along with her parents were going to perpetuate the memory of Zhanna, erecting a monument in her honor. Then the younger Friske said she would like to see the monument of Zhanna in full growth in a beautiful long dress or a concert costume. Earlier it was reported that famous Russian painter, sculptor and designer Zurab Tsereteli could make the sculpture. However, the authors of the monument became sculptors Levon Manukian and Ivan Volkov. According to them, the hardest thing they had to deal with – was a face. So, they focused on a photo .. Despite this, the monument received outrage from her fans.
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Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov monument

Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov monument

Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov monument in Moscow. Sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov

Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov monument

May 28, 2014 Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin personally took part in the opening of the monument to Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov (March 13, 1913 – August 27, 2009). The monument was installed on Povarskaya Street in the square between the houses number 33 and number 35/28: next to the house where he lived a long time, and in front of the International Community of Writers’ Union, which he headed.
The sculpture was created by People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Rukavishnikov, author of Moscow monument to Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Yuri. The members of the family of the writer: Andrei Konchalovsky, Nikita Mikhalkov and Yulia Subbotina attended the opening ceremony.
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Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument. The statue of Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) appeared in Moscow 11 December, 2016. Sculptor Andrey Kovalchuk

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument

December 11th of 2016 in Moscow, on Kamergersky Lane, near the house 6/5, unveiled a monument to the remarkable composer Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev. The opening was timed to the 125th anniversary of the composer’s birth, April 23, 1891. The author of the monument to the famous composer – a People’s Artist of Russia Andrey Kovalchuk. According to him, the photos of the composer became the base for the idea. It is the plastic image of walking, strolling here Prokofiev. And this movement has a deeper meaning. The sculptor added, – “the composer’s whole life was in movement. Easy and rapid classic, but, at the same time, a daring innovator, Prokofiev never repeated in his work. And he wrote operas more than any composer of the XX century. Among them – the “Player”, “War and peace”, the ballet “Romeo and Juliet”, and many more. Called a musical futurist, he was ahead of time. Thus, knowing his genius, he once said: “My music is above the immediate historical events”.
Actually, it was the final chord of the year of Prokofiev – 2016. And next, 2017 declared the Year of Stravinsky. We look forward to a monument, of course.
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