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Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna monument

Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna monument

Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna monument in Mariinsk, Kemerovo region, Russia. Sculptor Leonty Usov

Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna monument appeared in a small Siberian city of Mariinsk, on September 15, 2007. The author of the monument, Tomsk sculptor Leonty Usov created it on voluntary donations from individuals. The Empress sits on a bench and holds a dove in her hand – a traditional symbol of peace and the Holy Spirit. The bench has a place, specially left for those wishing to have a picture with her. By the way, the city got its name in honor of the Empress in 1857. Born Marie of Hesse and by Rhine German princess, became known in Russia as Maria Alexandrovna, the first wife of Emperor Alexander II. In addition, in Mariinsk there is also a bust of Emperor Alexander II. Besides, Mariinsk is the only town of Kuzbass (Kemerovo region), which the Russian Emperors have ever visited.
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Monument to 1930s movie star Lyubov Orlova

Monument to 1930s movie star Lyubov Orlova

Monument to 1930s movie star Lyubov Orlova (29 January 1902, Zvenigorod – 26 January 1975, Moscow)

Monument to 1930s movie star Lyubov Orlova

September 10, 2016 in Zvenigorod, was the ceremony of opening monument to the Soviet theater and film actress Lyubov Orlova. The monument was erected on the square in front of the city’s Cultural Center named after Lyubov Orlova. Sculptor Alexandr Rozhnikov and co-author Anton Tikhomirov. The monument to the native of Zvenigorod, Lyubov Orlova was created on people’s donations.
Orlov – one of the twelve oldest Russian noble families. Among the famous sons of this family was the same Grigory Orlov, who participated in the coup d’etat, which enthroned Catherine II and participated in the murder of two emperors, Peter III and Paul II. The Empress also passionately loved him, and generously gave him titles, posts and ranks.
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Monument to Saint Petersburg rain

Monument to Saint Petersburg rain

Monument to Saint Petersburg rain

Monument to Saint Petersburg rain

Many tourists pay attention primarily to the sights of the city on the Neva, which are its characters: Alexander Column, “The Bronze Horseman”, sphinxes on the University Embankment, and others. However, sometimes you want to see something little-known, but interesting. Rain is one of the visiting cards of the city, like the famous London fog. In St. Petersburg, it is a half-fog hanging between heaven and earth all the autumn-spring period. But it creates a unique atmosphere of the city. The city of rains.
Monument to St. Petersburg rain appeared in the shopping center “Izmailovo Gostiny Dvor” six years ago. In the original monument there is nothing superfluous – a huge inverted umbrella of gray color turned upside down. It is cut exactly in the middle into two parts by the glass, which symbolizes the rain – on it, drop by drop, is constantly dripping water.
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Creepy sculptures with human teeth

Creepy sculptures with human teeth. A scary couple of a man and a woman with human teeth. Work by Veijo Ronkkonen, Parikkala, Finland

Creepy sculptures with human teeth. A scary couple of a man and a woman with human teeth. Work by a local self-taught artist Veijo Ronkkonen, Parikkala, Finland

Creepy sculptures with human teeth
These creepy sculptures stand along the road going from Imatra in Savonlinna, in Finland. The most interesting is the fact that they have human teeth. The maniac sculptor is unknown but the fact of creation is evident. Since the artist is unknown, there’s a suspicion that somewhere, near the road lives a dentist with artistic talent of a sculptor.
And, as it has become later known from some sources, the sculptor is not a maniac at all. In fact, he is a Finnish self taught artist Veijo Ronkkonen (born 1944), who lives in Parikkala, less than a kilometer from the Russian border. He began using dentures in his figures in 1976; ‘Javelin Thrower’ flaunts the false teeth of the artist’s father, who died in 1975. Visitors have since donated dentures to be used in Ronkkonen’s work.
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Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

The Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

The Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

The Hill of Witches wooden sculpture

They say that since the immemorial time hell witches organized here their peers. Even the most important witch Rage, happened to appear at the annual Sabbath in honor of the shortest night. Witches can not only frighten or intimidate, but also send drought, rain or hail, eclipse the sun, and turn a man to stone … This place is special, just the brink of a mystical and real worlds where fantasy comes, awakening creative forces. Jonas Stanyus, Juodkrante forest ranger – once feeling this atmosphere, thought: why not to depict characters of fairy tales and legends that existed centuries in folklore. So, in 1979, the Lithuanian folk artists – carvers and blacksmiths – the first time gathered on the hill. They created a gallery of 25 folk sculptures. The following year – another gathering, and a year later – the third. Until now, almost every year the hill attracts the masters, who restore the old sculptures, and create new ones. And to this day, it is a solid legacy – more than 80 sculptures from oak with metal detail – a gift of folk artists to the town of Juodkrante, Lithuania and to everyone who has ever been on the Hill of Witches.
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Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

A boy hiding behind the corner of the wall, looks amazing

A boy hiding behind the corner of the wall, looks amazing. Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

Brad Spencer brick sculptural compositions

How do you feel about contemporary art? Personally, I like it when the streets are decorated with unusual sculptures of talented artists. Some of them deserve special attention. Brad Spencer – talented sculptor from North Carolina. Since 1984, he has been creating sculptures … of brick. It would seem, at first glance, how may look a sculpture of a simple building brick – rude and unpretentious. But the hands of a talented artist and sculptor create works of art. “Art in the open air” surprises and amazes, unwittingly makes you wonder how this is possible.
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Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod

Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod. Sculptor Vadim Borovykh. Kremlin Footbridge, Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod. Sculptor Vadim Borovykh. Kremlin Footbridge, Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Tired Tourist Girl Monument in Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod is full of unusual monuments. Made of metal, a tourist girl sat down on the parapet of the main footbridge in Novgorod. And many people just can’t pass by without taking a picture next to her. Neither could Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, who once was noticed taking pictures with the sculpture. Besides, feeling sympathy for this tired girl, some tourists and passers-by don’t miss the opportunity to put a coin into her shoes. Just for good luck. Originally, the sculptor Vadim Borovykh wanted to make a tourist, taking pictures of herself with a mobile phone on the background of Kremlin, but the idea was later rejected. So, the final monument, perhaps, turned out to be much more romantic.
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