Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

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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Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers

Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers

Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers. Sculptors Yuri Krylov and Alexandr Kokoteyev. Photo by Veronika Zubareva

Yekaterinburg Railway bronze monument Passengers

The unusual bronze sculptural composition Passengers appeared right in front of the Museum of Railway Station in the city of Yekaterinburg. It is a building of the old station, that was in use until 2003. Later, it was reconstructed into a museum of railway history of the Urals. Bronze group of passengers is set right at the entrance of the museum building. The passengers represent a family of father, mother and little child standing in the middle. It is evident that they are late for the train. Mom pulls a child, and the man carries all the baggage. Moreover, the funny detail – he looks at another character of the story – a young woman lying on her suitcase and resting. The entire sculpture is so realistic that they seem about to come to life and the family, under the leadership of mother, will go down the street.
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Buchenwald survivor Olympic champion Viktor Chukarin

Buchenwald survivor Olympic champion Viktor Chukarin

Monument of Buchenwald survivor Olympic champion Viktor Chukarin, gymnast, seven-time Olympic champion and one of the greatest athletes of the world

Buchenwald survivor Olympic champion Viktor Chukarin

The monument to Viktor Chukarin (9 November, 1921 – 25 August, 1984) reveals a unique story of Soviet gymnast. He rarely smiled, was very silent and never told about the past. But his past was worth, at least, writing a book, or making a film. The man, prisoner number 10491 of Buchenwald, passed through war, starvation, seventeen of Nazi concentration camps, “barge of death” survivor, and, despite of this, has become a seven-time Olympic champion and one of the greatest athletes of the world! Life of Viktor Ivanovich Chukarin – is not just an example of strength and spirit. His life can be a great lesson in courage, patience, and struggle. Nowadays, many young men complain of a hard life, talk about problems. And who knows, maybe the story of Chukarin can make them look at life differently.
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Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument in North Ossetia

Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument in North Ossetia

Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument in North Ossetia

Uastyrdzhi unique rock monument that pops out of the rock, located in Vladikavkaz of North Ossetia. Ossetian Military Road lies in a wide valley among the mountains of wooded ridge. From one side – the rapid noisy cold water of mountain River Ardon, and on the other side overhanging cliffs, bordered by vegetation and going into the sky. The road turns slightly following the bends of the river and suddenly, at the next turn the traveler meets a huge statue of St. George, which pops up out of the rock. It’s author – sculptor Nikolay Khodov. Striking in its grandeur sculpture hangs over the travelers. Even one of his horse’s hoof is 120 cm, head of 6 meters, and the palm of George can fit a man. The locals call the monument to George Nykhas Wasgergi – the hero, the winner, and the patron of the valiant warriors. During the Christianization of Alanya his name became associated with the same Christian saint – St. George. In North Ossetia where most of the population preaches orthodoxy, this association has taken root.
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Teacher monuments throughout Russia

Teacher monuments throughout Russia. The first teacher surrounded by children. Irkutsk

Irkutsk. “The first teacher surrounded by children”. The author of the monument – Ilya Stavsky. Opened October 5, 2016. Teacher monuments throughout Russia

Teacher monuments throughout Russia

During our life, every person can meet a lot of people, but only few of them remain in our memory forever. And among these few people are, of course, our teachers. In all our achievements, whether you are an ordinary person, or a well-known scientist or a politician, first of all, there is a merit of teachers. Indeed, teachers invest their excessive work into each of us. Due to the importance of this noble profession, in addition to the professional holiday Teacher’s Day (5 October), appear monuments devoted to it. As a rule, it is a collective image of a Teacher, and, in particular, the first teacher.
Thus, the latest monument to the first teacher appeared October 5, 2016 in the Siberian city of Irkutsk. The new sculpture was installed in the regional center, on the embankment opposite the Pedagogical Institute. The author of the monument – Ilya Stavsky. His sketch “The first teacher surrounded by children” became the winner of the city contest, in which participated 8 creative collectives. The bronze sculpture height of 3 m and weighing about 2 tons was cast at the factory of Moscow region.
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Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture

Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture

Yekaterinburg, Russia. Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture. 2010

Mythical Malachite Maid bronze sculpture – a monument to Mistress of Copper Mountain, a character of a well known Ural and Russian storyteller Pavel Bazhov. The sculpture features an extremely beautiful young woman with green eyes, and next to her – two bears, a deer and a lizard at her feet. The heroine of “The Malachite Box” of “Ural Mountains folktales” by writer Pavel Bazhov – mythical mistress of the Ural Mountains, the keeper of the precious rocks and stones. She appears in front of people like the goddess Venus, with a plait and ribbons of thin jingling copper, in a gown of “Silk malachite.” But, sometimes people see her in the form of a … lizard in the crown.
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