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Do not cut the branch on which you sit Monument

'Do not cut the branch on which you sit, - recalls the eponymous monument in Yakutsk. English equivalent - Don't bite the hand that feeds you

‘Do not cut the branch on which you sit, – recalls the eponymous monument in Yakutsk. English equivalent – Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Do not cut the branch on which you sit Monument

Installed in the northern Russian city monument, is in fact, the illustration of the popular wisdom “Do not cut the branch on which you sit”. And thus, one of the craziest ideas of sculptors embodied in the old Russian proverb. The monument decorates one of the main streets in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha. The monument is a graceful tree that stretched out its branches in different directions. On one of the knots – an unknown man with a sad face. With a hacksaw in his hands, despite the well-known ending, a bronze hero is diligently doing his job. Funny monument attracts many tourists and collectors of unusual places. To the monument literally flood the guests of the city, thanks to its strategic location. Almost everyone tries to climb up next to the frozen figure and capture an outstanding moment. Although the city administration does not approve such actions, to drive away all comers is not always possible. Anyway, the plate next to the monument reminds politely not to touch the work of art.
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Time Machine Monument in Ufa

Time Machine Monument in Ufa

Time Machine Monument in Ufa

Time Machine Monument in Ufa

The unique sculptural composition “Time Machine” is in fact, a monument to the engine F-95SH for the Su-25. The monument decorates the Garden of Engine Builders in Ufa. The monument was created in honor of the 100th anniversary of the legendary director of the Ufa engine plant Mikhail Ferin (1907-1979). For the Ufa engine-builders Mikhail is a legendary man. The basis of the sculpture is a real engine P-95SH, placed on a pedestal in a metal frame, which is a huge cube. Besides, the glass doesn’t cover the engine, so the people visiting the monument can clearly see it from all sides. On the pedestal placed plates, explaining technical characteristics of the engine, and in two languages ​​- Russian and Bashkir.
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Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned - Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Monument to the drowned – Kolokshinsky Istukan

Kolokshinsky graven image, like Moai of Easter Island, stands on the edge of a dense forest, not far from the banks of the river Klyazma, in Vladimir region. According to local legend, Kolokshinsky idol – a monument to the drowned in the river Klyazma. In general, this weird and even frightening sculpture depicts three fragments of the human body of giant size – head, hands and foot. … Giant hand protruding from the ground, in a farewell gesture waves to passing by the living … . But especially creepy the giant looks in the sunset, as a reminder that people, each in his own time, will find their last shelter in the earth. The unknown author made the monument of pure concrete with an imitation of wood texture. Since the monument is located near the village of Koloksha, it bears the name – Kolokshinsky istukan. Its height is a little less than three human growth. In addition, at the back side of giant head is a sign that explains the cause of death. Three semi-circles symbolize the Shield of the Trinity, and the triangle in the middle symbolizes the water. However, according to those who don’t believe in mystic origin of the monument, it appeared on the territory of the sanatorium “Rublevskie Zori” specifically to attract tourists.
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Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument

Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument. 5 August 2011 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Sculptor Sergey Belyaev

Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument. 5 August 2011 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Sculptor Sergey Belyaev

Edward Bellamy Bank Plastic Card monument was installed at the corner of Malyshev street and Bank lane, on 5 August 2011 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The monument depicts bronze brass relief in the form of a hand holding a card. In addition, on the card is engraved the name of its owner. More than that, it is a real person. American writer Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850 – May 22, 1898), the author of his utopian novel “Looking Backward: 2000–1887” (published 1888). Thus, the monument immortalized the name of the person who was able to predict the emergence of “credit” cards. In fact, in his novel they functioned like modern debit cards.
The initiator of the monument – university-Bank, which in 2011 celebrated its 20th anniversary. And it was Yekaterinburg sculptor Sergey Belyaev who embodied the idea. The dimensions of the monument – about two meters high and a meter wide. According to the sculptor, the work on the sculpture took about one and a half weeks. First, it was a sketch of a hand holding a plastic card. Then, he made it from clay, and then cast monument in bronze.
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Mourning Black Birch Tree monument

Mourning Black Birch Tree monument

Mourning Black Birch Tree monument. Metal, forged. Sculptor Igor Savelyev. Olkhovka, Volgograd region, Russia

Mourning Black Birch Tree monument

The monument itself is very unusual, and unique – black birch, mournfully bowed its branches. It seems that the young tree suddenly froze, so realistic it is. The black birch stands out against the green trees … According to those who saw this realistic metal copy of birch tree, even its leaves and twigs tremble in the wind. In fact, it is a monument to countrymen killed in the military and service duties in peacetime. The birch forged from metal. This colossal work performed a talented local blacksmith Igor Savelyev. Each leaf, twig or earrings are striking in their naturalness. The monument is very soulful … And it is clear that not only made with great skill, but also with a large broad mind. Frozen birch has become another landmark of the town of Olkhovka of Volgograd region. The hyper realistic monument was erected on September 6, 2013. Photographer Vera Shevchenko.
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Reading students Shurik and Lidochka monument

Reading students Shurik and Lidochka monument

Reading students Shurik and Lidochka monument, detail

Reading students Shurik and Lidochka monument

The bronze figure of the most famous students of 1960s Shurik and Lidochka appeared May 26, 2012 in the center of Krasnodar, Russia. Shurik and Lidochka are the main characters of the iconic comedy film of the time “Shurik’s adventures”, by director Leonid Gaidai. In the role of Shurik (short for Alexander) Soviet actor Alexandr Demyanenko, and in the role of Lidochka (Lida, Lidiya) – beautiful Soviet actress Natalya Selezneva. The reading couple stands in front of the Kuban University of Technology on Krasnaya (red) street. The place for the new monument is not accidental – this is a symbol of the excellent training of students. Still the composition can be also called an ode to reading. About a dozen sculptors, architects and founders have worked on the sculptural composition for six months. Although the figures that the weigh more than 300 kg, their height hardly exceeds human growth. So, what the monument reveals?
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Maya Plisetskaya Monument opened in Moscow

Maya Plisetskaya Monument opened in Moscow

November 20, 2016. Author of the sculpture – Victor Mitroshin, project architect – Alexey Tikhonov. Maya Plisetskaya Monument opened in Moscow

Maya Plisetskaya Monument opened in Moscow

Today, on November 20, 2016 took place the solemn opening of the monument of great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. The monument decorates a square on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street in Moscow, near Bolshoi Theatre. The ceremony, held on the birthday of the outstanding ballerina, visited Russian authorities – Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medina, chief conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev, composer Rodion Shchedrin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theater Vladimir Urin and the head of the Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow Alexey Yemelyanenko. Author of the sculpture – Victor Mitroshin, project architect – Alexey Tikhonov. The height of the monument – nine meters; on a pedestal engraved the autograph of Maya Plisetskaya. The composition depicts a dancing ballerina in the role of Carmen. During the event, there was music from “Carmen Suite” by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin.
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