Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich monument

Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich monument

Opened in Moscow in 2012, on March 29 Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich monument. Work by the sculptor Alexandr Iulianovich Rukavishnikov, architect Igor Nikolaevich Voznesensky

Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich monument

Born March 27, 91 years ago, Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich was an outstanding cellist, pianist, conductor, and public figure. Also, he was a teacher, five-time Grammy Award winner, State Prize winner of Russia, People’s Artist of the USSR.
A bright memory to the Great Musician became a monument opened in Moscow in 2012, on March 29, not far from the so-called House of Composers in Bryusov Lane. The place, where the musician lived with his wife, the great opera diva Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya. In fact, the opening ceremony took place in the frame of celebration of 85-year anniversary of the birth of a famous musician and conductor.
The author of the sculptural composition was the sculptor Alexander Iulianovich Rukavishnikov, who worked in tandem with the architect Igor Nikolaevich Voznesensky.
Performed from bronze cello, bow and strings, as well as dynamism in the image of Rostropovich create the impression that from the pedestal will soon sound divine music.
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Stories behind musical instrument monuments

Stories behind musical instrument monuments

Bronze monument based on Anton Chekhov story ‘Romance with a double bass’. Sculptor Dmitry Lyndin. Opened in 12 September 2008 in Taganrog, Russia. Stories behind musical instrument monuments

Stories behind musical instrument monuments
Located on the avenue of Pushkinskaya Embankment, the monument “Romance with a double bass” appeared in Taganrog 12 September 2008.
Based on the eponymous humoresque of Anton Chekhov “Romance with a double bass”, it immediately became favorite of the townspeople. As a literary basis, the sculptor Dmitry Lyndin took the image of the young princess Bibulova. She, in an absurd combination of circumstances turned out to be locked in a case of this double bass. The graceful maiden figure cautiously peeps out of the case, and on the face of the beauty we see fright, while the elegant leg is ready to hide back.
Noteworthy, the instrument without a cover, and a lady without clothes. However, there is not a drop of vulgarity, because the love of music is not erotic, but platonic. At the heart of the idea is a simple and universally accessible metaphor. For its implementation, the sculptor chose an ideal shape: no sharp corners and smooth lines.
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Behind the symbolic Bear monuments

Behind the symbolic Bear monuments

Sculptural composition in Donetsk. Behind the symbolic Bear monuments

Behind the symbolic Bear monuments
Chosen as the animal symbol of Russia, the bear is truly the king of the forest. Although brown bear appears to be capable only of roaring, in fact, this is an intelligent beast. Having no equal in strength in the northern latitudes, the bear was worshiped by ancient Rusichs. They made multiple totems in the form of a bear and believed that such a guard would necessarily protect them from enemies, and would give strength in battle. In Russia and there was a cult of the bear.
Meanwhile, the cutest image of bear quite recently has become a famous character of the cartoon “Masha and Bear”.
Sculptures of Masha and the Bear are available in several regions of Russia and other countries. In particular, Sterlitamak (Bashkortostan), Kemerovo and Tashtagol (Kemerovo Region), Volgograd, Elani and Surovikin (Volgograd Region), Kuznetsk (Penza Region), Emanzhelinsk (Chelyabinsk Region), Vileyka (Minsk region, Byelorussia), and Bryansk (Bryansk region). Besides, in other cities featured here – Blagoveshchensk, Donetsk, Perm, Yevpatoria, and Sochi.
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James Doran-Webb driftwood animal sculpture

James Doran-Webb driftwood animal sculpture

Impressive sculptures of roosters created by British sculptor. James Doran-Webb driftwood animal sculpture

James Doran-Webb driftwood animal sculpture

Born in 1967, Doran-Webb is a British sculptor living in the Philippines. James spent his early childhood in Devon. Meanwhile, his parents, art historians and antique researchers, travelled a lot and took James with them. Accordingly, he spent his teenage years in various cities getting acquainted with the antiques restoration and, in particular, with art. In addition, he had to change cities and schools during his traveling. Basel, Switzerland, Italy, the US and France… Having returned to London he entered The Courtold Institute to study art. However, very soon he had started his own antiques business selling items at Portobello Market.
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The Legend Largest sculptural park in Russia

The Legend Largest sculptural park in Russia

Work by Marijan Mirt, Five observers, steel wire. The Legend Largest sculptural park in Russia

The Legend Largest sculptural park in Russia

Known in Russian as “Legenda”, the sculpture park “Legend” is, in fact, the largest sculptural park in Russia and one of the largest in the world. Located on the territory of the recreational complex “Chistiye Prudy” near the village of Ramzai in the Mokshan district of the Penza region, the park has become famous for many reasons. In particular, for the annual international sculpture symposia. Besides, the park “Legenda” has 275 unique works of marble, granite, wood, metal and bronze. Noteworthy, the authors of these monuments and sculptural compositions – 178 sculptors from 59 countries.
Created in 2008 The “Legend” Park became a part of the International Sculptural Symposium “Autumn. Inspiration. Penza”, organized for private funds by Konstantin Mikhailovich Volkov, manager of the company “Rosstroy.”
First held on “Clean Ponds” (from 10 to 30 September 2008) symposium has become annual. Famous sculptors from 30 countries from all over the world came here (49 sculptors). During the symposium, the artists created sculptures from various sculptural materials on the theme “Motherhood and family”. And later the park was given the name “Legend”.
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Ballerina Alla Shelest monument in Volkovo cemetery

Ballerina Alla Shelest monument in Volkovo cemetery

Soviet prima ballerina Alla Yakovlevna Shelest (1919-1998), Marble. Sculptor A. G. Dema, architects S. L. Mikhailov and N. N. Sokolov. 2000. Photo by Alexandra Solovyova. Ballerina Alla Shelest monument in Volkovo cemetery, Literary bridges in St.Petersburg

Ballerina Alla Shelest monument in Volkovo cemetery
According to Mstislav Rostropovich, Shelest was “bright on the stage and closed in life”. And the legendary Plisetskaya considered her one of the best dancers she had ever seen.
Alla Shelest was an outstanding classic ballerina of a romantic, heroic and tragic plan. But a rare ballerina was not so unlucky as Shelest.
At the age of fifteen, Shelest came to the class of Vaganova. The change in aesthetic and pedagogical requirements was too harsh and could not help leaving a trace … In the theater Shelest expected even greater difficulties. The life of a great ballerina was not strewn with roses. During the war she lived and worked in a besieged city, every day faced starvation and shelling in blocked Leningrad. For sixteen years she was doomed to duplicate the first performer of new parties … Nevertheless, Shelest achieved much. ”
According to famous ballerina Galina Ulanova, each performance of Shelest – not only the talent of the ballerina, but also the mind, and the great inner culture of the true artist. The ballerina is tragic and inspired, and always recognized by emotionality and selflessness of the dancer.”
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Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges

Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges

A mourning girl with a wreath in her hand – grave sculpture. Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges

Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges
Once a writer, Vsevolod Garshin, known to everyone since childhood as the author of “Frogs-Travelers,” said: “Summer, heat and longing. I want to go somewhere far away from the stone, into the greenery, into some quiet place, where the noise of the city does not reach and where there is no crowd. It is difficult to find such a secluded place: the gardens are full of people, dacha places too. I’ll go to the cemetery. If bored among the living, then where to go, if not to the dead? Talking to them, that is, reading their books. I’m tired, and going to see where they are … ”
So, six years before his tragic death, the writer spoke about the “Literary Bridge” Necropolis of St. Petersburg Volkovo cemetery, and where he rests in peace himself. Many years have passed, but we are experiencing the same feelings today when we are walking along this unique necropolis!
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