Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

Lithuanian Folk sculpture

Lithuanian Folk sculpture

Lithuanian Folk sculpture

Lithuanian Folk sculpture made of wood – a unique area of ​​the Lithuanian national culture. To the development of this art form in many ways contributed the nature of the region, where the wood for centuries was the main material. From it peasants built dwellings, created household utensils. It served to the creators of unique architectural and sculptural monuments of rural chapels, “memorable” pillars, burial tombs. Especially often met small, in several tiers chapels on the poles, where the master usually placed wooden sculptures of saints, the patron saint of the peasant labor, helpers in everyday life. Such small chapels were placed near roads and rivers, in the estates and cemeteries in memory of the important events in life: birth of a child or the death of the head of the family, or simply for protection against all troubles and diseases.
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Blind Sculptor Ballerina Lina Po

Blind Sculptor Ballerina Lina Po. Self-portrait. Bronze. 1940. This self-portrait shows through some grief, concealed sadness about bygone days

Blind Sculptor Ballerina Lina Po. Self-portrait. Bronze. 1940. This self-portrait shows through some grief, concealed sadness about bygone days

Blind Sculptor Ballerina Lina Po proves the fact – talented people are talented in everything. It is difficult to understand how the blind could convey not only external similarity, but also the character and mood. It is like a miracle. Lina had the rare gift of “inner vision”, or, as engineers, spatial imagination, brought to a high degree of perfection. Deprived of view, she “saw” things in her imagination vivid and three-dimensional, as in the bulk film. Sometimes, with touch caught the details and subtleties unnoticed by sighted sculptors – professionals. In this hard to believe. But it was so.
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Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Iowa miracle Grotto of the Redemption

Wonderful Grotto decorated with religious sculptures, monuments and statues, filled with spirituality in the state of Iowa is like the eighth wonder of the world. Anyway, the ads say so, and who would argue with them? The Grotto of Redemption is next to the small US town of West Bend (Iowa), where the landscape rarely disturbed by anything larger than granaries. And if anywhere else in the world there are grottoes, than this one is certainly the King of grottoes. The author of the miracle – German American priest and architect Paul Dobberstein. He began construction in 1912, and finished in 1954.
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Bachelor bronze monument

Bachelor bronze monument

Bachelor bronze monument in Saratov. Sculptor Nikolay Bunin

Bachelor bronze monument – the original sculpture, commemorating the collective image of the idle character. The monument was erected in the center of the Russian city of Saratov. This unusual statue of Saratov artist Nikolay Bunin established in August 2009. The bronze sculpture depicts a young man in a pensive pose, clutching a bouquet of flowers. Since the advent of the monument it has become a real tourist attraction and a favorite of the city: next to the romantic handsome couples appoint dates, tirelessly photograph, and rare people pass by without patting bachelor’s arm. The monument is dedicated to all single men. In fact there is an urban legend associated with this monument: girls, pictured arm-in-arm with a bronze statue of bachelor – will soon get married.
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Farewell of Slavianka monument

Farewell of Slavianka monument

Closeup Farewell of Slavianka monument

Monument in honor of the famous march “Farewell of Slavianka”, dedicated to all Slavic women, seeing off their relatives to the war, appeared on May 8, 2014 at the Belorussky railway terminal in Moscow. The bronze sculpture was made by a team under the leadership of Salavat Shcherbakov. The sculptural composition depicts the scene of leaving to the front volunteers in the award-winning 1957 film “The Cranes Are Flying” by Mikhail Kalatozov. The cast in bronze two-meter monument of a soldier in uniform hugging his girlfriend depicts the moment of parting of two beautiful young people in love.
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Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle

Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle

Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle – hear, speak, see, do no evil

Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle
Many of us are familiar with Three wise monkeys representing Buddhist religion principle of non-doing three evils. In particular, “see no evil”, “hear no evil”, and “do not speak of evil”. Monkeys Mi-zaru, Cica-zaru and Yves-zaru “hide” from evil, closing the mouth, eyes and ears. And we often meet their images in sculptures and figurines, as well as copied and parodied ones. However, they also have a fourth friend, whose image we meet much rarer. Meanwhile, forgotten Sedzaru embodies the principle of “do not commit evil,” and the arms cover belly or crotch area. Since the Japanese consider the number 4 unlucky, fourth, though the most important monkey, is mentioned very rarely. Undoubtedly, the four wise monkeys have become the real inspiration for artists and craftsmen all over the world.
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Vladimir Vysotsky monuments

Vladimir Vysotsky monuments. Monument to Vladimir Vysotsky and Marina Vlady in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Sculptural composition dedicated to Vysotsky and Marina Vlady in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Vladimir Vysotsky monuments

I am not sure what man has the most monuments erected to him, but after Vladimir Lenin it is probably Vladimir Vysotsky (25 January 1938 – 25 July 1980) – Soviet Russian bard, poet, song writer, film and theater actor. Vladimir Vysotsky monuments can be found worldwide – mostly in Russia and Ukraine, as well as in Poland, the USA, Bulgaria, Belarus, etc. His name was given to parks, cultural centers, museums, memorials, streets and squares, and even an impressive skyscraper in Yekaterinburg, Russia was named after him. Following the results of opinion poll conducted in 2010, Vysotsky took second place in the list of “heroes of the XX century” after Yuri Gagarin. The survey, conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation in mid-July 2011, showed that, despite the decline of interest in the works of Vladimir Vysotsky, the absolute majority (98%) of Russians know the name “Vladimir Vysotsky” and 70% responded that his songs are pleasant, and consider his creativity important phenomenon of the XX century Russian culture.
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