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Singing Bremen town musicians monument

Singing Bremen town musicians monument

Singing Bremen town musicians monument in Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Singing Bremen town musicians monument

A fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm about the Bremen Town Musicians is widely popular all over the world. Children love stories of the troubadour, a dog, a cat, a rooster and a donkey who travel with music and acrobatic performances in the cities of Germany.
Since 2007, the singing sculptural composition “The Bremen Town Musicians” decorates the area next to the Palace of Culture of May 1st in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Its author – a famous local sculptor A. Tkachuk. Cast in bronze, it depicts the characters of the famous Soviet cartoon of 1969 “The Bremen Town Musicians”. Besides, this is the first singing sculpture in the Siberian city, as three times a day a rooster crows triumphally about the presence of the cheerful Bremen Musicians here. And, to the joy of all the residents and guests of the city sounds verse of the famous song of the same cartoon, “We have arrived here for an hour …”.
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Caught unawares lover monument in Tomsk

Caught unawares lover monument in Tomsk

Caught unawares lover monument in Tomsk

Caught unawares lover monument in Tomsk. Originally, the monument by famous sculptor Oleg Kislitsky decorated the building of the House of Unions. As you can see, the subject of the composition is simple. A fat man in a vast “family” shorts, with his last strength holding on to the balcony of his beloved. The funny sculpture literally embodied the numerous anecdotes about suddenly returned from a trip husband and lover. The “frivolous” sculpture for a long time could not find a permanent “residence” and “wandered” from one building to another, delighting residents. Now the monument decorates the facade of the Tomsk regional museum of history.
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Last touch – Penza Jeweler monument

Last touch - Penza Jeweler monument

Last touch – Penza Jeweler monument

Last touch – Penza Jeweler monument

The idea to establish a jeweler monument belongs to a resident of Penza Maxim Lomonosov. He wanted to dedicate it to his grandfather Vladimir Lomonosov, former well-known jeweler in Penza. And a local sculptor Herman Feoktistov liked this idea, and first cast it in the form of bronze miniature. The sketch was approved. So, with an initiative of a street beautification acted management of architecture and urban planning. Besides, the administration of the city of Penza supported it. As a result, the monument cast life-size in bronze (cast in Smolensk), and on the expense of the funds donated by Maxim Lomonosov appeared. On the monument also worked another sculptor from Penza, Valery Kuznetsov.
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Newlyweds Grace Kelly and Rainier III monument in Russia

Newlyweds Grace Kelly and Rainier III monument. Bronze. Sculptor Andrey Kovalchulk. Opened in April 2012. Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El Republic, Russia

Newlyweds Grace Kelly and Rainier III monument. Bronze. Sculptor Andrey Kovalchuk. Opened in April 2012. Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El Republic, Russia (Photo tripadvisor.ru)

Newlyweds Grace Kelly and Rainier III monument in Russia
The bronze monument to most famous Newlyweds of the 20th century Grace Kelly and Rainier III appeared in April 2012 in Yoshkar-Ola, the capital of Mari El Republic of Russia. It is next to the registry office building, on the waterfront of Bruges. The monument is a symbol of marital love and fidelity. The basis of the composition became the “wedding of the century” of the beautiful actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Material – bronze, author – Andrey Kovalchuk.
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Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

The monument at the house-museum of artist Nikolay Pirosmanishvili in Mirzaani, Georgia. Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

The monument at the house-museum of artist Nikolay Pirosmanishvili in Mirzaani, Georgia. Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

Niko Pirosmani (Nikolay Pirosmanashvili) – the greatest Georgian self-taught artist of the XX century, a representative of primitive art. Niko was born in the village in a poor peasant family. Since childhood, he learned the hardships of rural life. Later, after moving to Tbilisi, the artist tried to work at the railroad, in trade and many other places, but for his fiery nature, it was alien. Until the end of his days, Nico dragged out a miserable existence, feeding on the pennies and spending the night in basements, but even his first paintings were filled with hidden meaning.
In his environment, he had a firm reputation of a mentally unstable person who is impossible to deal with. In part, this contributed to his assertion that he sees the saints, and his brush, “paints by itself.”
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Stories behind Cats monuments

Monument to faithful cat Totti. Leningrad region, Vyborg district, Roshchino, park of Edith Södergran. Stories behind Cats monuments

Monument to faithful cat Totti. Leningrad region, Vyborg district, Roshchino, park of Edith Södergran. Stories behind Cats monuments

Stories behind Cats monuments

They say a cat Totti could not live without his mistress, a Finnish poet Edith Irene Södergran, who lived in the village of Raivola (currently Roshchino, Leningrad region, Vyborg District). When the poet died of tuberculosis, Totti came to her grave and did not go away, did not eat or drink, and soon died. Perhaps, this devotion became the reason for the installation of the monument. Author of sculpture – Nina Terno.
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Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

Fragment of Bas-relief. Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

Fragment of Bas-relief. Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

Fable writer Ivan Krylov monument in Saint Petersburg

In 1845, when Ivan Krylov died, almost immediately, began collecting funds for the installation of the monument in his honor. Citizens and municipal authorities met this idea enthusiastically. Soon, a special committee was established, which in the three years of its existence has managed to collect a huge amount. Once the funds have been collected, the Academy of Arts has announced a competition for the best project of the monument. So, in the competition took part the best sculptors of St. Petersburg. Choosing the best project took about a year and a half, and as a result, November 26, 1849 the committee approved the monument, designed by Peter Clodt. The sculptor worked on the monument for about five years, and in the spring of 1854 the monument was cast and began chasing the bas-reliefs.
They depict scenes from famous works of Krylov. Here you will find the fox and the crow, and a frog with an ox, and an elephant in the fable “The Elephant in the province”, and a rooster and a grain of pearl, and of course, the famous quartet of animals, musicians and many characters created by Krylov. Every image is expressive and naturalistic, which is not surprising, because the “models” for sculptor were very real animals!
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