Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

Bronze Mermaid prototype Ellen Price

Bronze Mermaid prototype ballerina Ellen Price

Bronze Mermaid prototype Ellen Price

Bronze Mermaid prototype Ellen Price. The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular and well-known Danish attraction in the world. Every year, about a million people visit it. Sailors from around the world bring flowers to it. The monument of Little Mermaid reveals the story, which happened a hundred of years ago. 103 years ago, August 23, Copenhagen hosted the opening of the monument, which would later become the symbol of the Danish capital – “The Little Mermaid.” In the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen in 1909 in Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre took place the premiere of the ballet with Ellen Price in the title role. Ballerina impressed the son of the founder of the brewery «Carlsberg» so much, that he asked the sculptor E. Erickson to portray her in the image of the Little Mermaid. However, Ellen refused to pose. Whose characteristics are embodied in the famous sculpture?
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Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument

Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument

Appeared July 21, 2006 in Yekaterinburg Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument

Wandering Peddler Korobeinik Monument
The Monument depicts a wandering from village to village petty trader with haberdashery and manufactured goods, books, popular prints. The name Korobeinik derives from the Russian word korob – the box (wallet from the bark), in which he carried his small haberdashery-manufactured goods to the villages. History of korobeiniks, or ofenya began in the XV century. At that time to Russia moved a significant amount of the Greeks. Most of them were engaged in trade. At the same time, for Russians, to make it clearer, they called themselves natives of Athens. Accordingly, Russian people called these Greek merchants by their self-designation “Athenians”, ie “ofinyas”, or “Ofen”. Meanwhile, the vast majority of them were literate, and were masters of the book trade. They could not just praise the goods well, but knew a lot about them and told in detail.
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Eastern Europe Monuments Park in Manchuria

Eastern Europe Monuments Park

Eastern Europe Monuments Park in China exhibits copies of exclusively Russian monuments and sculptures

Eastern Europe Monuments Park in Manchuria, that is in the northern China, on the border between China and Russia. Despite its name, the park exhibits copies of exclusively Russian monuments and sculptures. Among them are copy of the famous monument by Vera Mukhina “Worker and Collective Farm woman”, Bronze Horseman (copy of the monument to Peter The Great in St. Petersburg), copy of the Volgograd monument “Motherland Calls”, the monuments of famous Russian poets and writers such as Pushkin, Turgenev, and others. In the evening the sculptures are illuminated, the classical music and music of Soviet authors is played, that adds a special effect to the sculptural park in Chinese Manchuria.
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Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument Uniform Cross

Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument. 'Uniform cross'  Monument in Moscow (left, 1997) and in Yerevan (right, 2013). Granite. Authors FM Soghoyan, VF Soghoyan

Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument. ‘Uniform cross’ Monument in Moscow (left, 1997) and in Yerevan (right, 2013). Granite. Authors FM Soghoyan, VF Soghoyan

Uniform Cross – Russian-Armenian Friendship Monument

This white stone sculpture of two female figures united by the large cross is a monument to friendship between Russian and Armenian peoples. Between the two monuments – twenty years and almost two thousand kilometers. The first one was set in Moscow as a gift of Armenia to the 850th anniversary of Moscow (1997), the second, its copy, – in Yerevan in 2013. The authors of the ‘Uniform Cross’ Monument talented Armenian sculptors Frid and Vahe Soghoyan. Female figures represent Armenia and Russia, and the cross – a symbol of the common Christian faith, cementing their friendship. Relations between the two countries and cultures are quite immense, and numerous Armenian cultural sites and monuments in Moscow – a testament to this fact. In 1711 Peter the Great issued a decree, which said: “To care for Armenians as much as possible, and to facilitate what is needed, in order to get more arrivals and the desire to live in Russia”. Due to the fact that many Armenians settled in Stolpov Lane, in the XVIII century it was renamed in Armenian Lane.
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Loving eyes of Bronze Horseman monument

Loving eyes of Bronze Horseman monument

Loving eyes of Bronze Horseman monument

Loving eyes of Bronze Horseman monument

Masterpiece by French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet Bronze Horseman has become the most mysterious symbol of Saint Petersburg. Few people know that one of the most romantic symbols of the city – the Bronze Horseman is looking at the city with loving eyes, literally: each of his pupils made in the shape of a heart. The equestrian statue of the founder of St. Petersburg Peter the Great performed the French sculptor Etienne Falconet in 1768-1770 by order of Empress Catherine the Great. However, the head of the sculpture made his pupil – sculptor Marie-Anne Collot. The peculiarity of her creation was the fact that Peter’s pupils were made in the shape of hearts. There is a legend that the sculptor wanted to confess her love to the already middle-aged teacher.
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Black Swans monument in Kuzbass

Two Black Swans monument symbolizing Miner faithfulness decorate Kirov Square in Kemerovo, the south-eastern Siberia, Russia

Two Black Swans monument symbolizing Miner faithfulness decorate Kirov Square in Kemerovo, the south-eastern Siberia, Russia. Sculptor Igor Kandrov

Two Black Swans monument symbolizing Miner faithfulness decorates Kirov Square in Kemerovo, the south-eastern Siberia, Russia. The sculpture is created from fiber-reinforced concrete. Two black swans looking at each other symbolize loyalty to miner’s profession and family. The monument to “Miner’s” loyalty appeared 8 June 2016, on the eve of the professional holiday, the Day of Miners. This annual holiday is celebrated in this coal mine region of Kuzbass on the last Sunday of August. On the Miner’s Day veterans of the miners’ work are usually given thank you notes and gifts. The regional administration said that the sculpture was created at the initiative of the Central area of ​​social activists – members of city competition of social and community initiatives on landscaping and gardening “City of friends – city of ideas.” The author of the composition – talented local sculptor Igor Kandrov.
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Mortally Wounded Lion Monument in Lucerne

Mortally Wounded Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland. Sculptors Bertel Thorvaldsen and Lukas Ahorn. 1820- 1821

Mortally Wounded Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland. Sculptors Bertel Thorvaldsen and Lukas Ahorn. 1820- 1821

Mortally Wounded Lion Monument, or rather a rock relief, an allegorical composition, which Mark Twain once called “the most mournful piece of stone in the world”, is located near the lake in Lucerne, Switzerland. Sculptors Bertel Thorvaldsen and Lukas Ahorn 1820- 1821 are authors of this nine-meter statue in a niche of 13 meters long and 6 meters high.. The mortally wounded Lion is lying with its head on the right paw, resting on the shield with the image of a lily – a symbol of the king of France, whom heroically defended Guards. At the head of the lion is another shield – with the emblem of Switzerland. Mimicry noble animal expresses its almost human suffering, shown romantically symbolic and artistically convincing. Left shoulder of the lion pierced with a spear. Above the rock bas-relief carved Latin inscription HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI «Loyalty and courage of the Swiss”; below bas – Latin numerals 760 and 350, corresponding to the number of dead and surviving soldiers. At the foot of the monument in stone carved the names of soldiers and officers who gave their lives in the name of duty.
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