Monuments reveal

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Lena River monument Eastern Siberia

Lena River monument Eastern Siberia

“Beauty Lena”. Lena River monument Eastern Siberia. Olekminsk, Yakutia. Sculptor Nikolai Chochchasov

The Lena River monument Eastern Siberia

“Beauty Lena” – the name of this three-meter monument, set on the banks of the beautiful river in Yakutia. The Lena is the 11th longest river in the world and the 3rd largest river in Asia. The author of the first and only monument to the largest in Eastern Siberia waterway has become Nikolai Chochchasov (according to some sources, the author of the sculpture – Honored Artist of Russia, Yakut art school teacher Semyon Prokopyev, who worked with his students). But the social page of the talented Yakut artist Nikolai Chochchasov clearly leaves no doubts in the authorship – it is Nikolai Chochchasov. Around the monument image were disputes. The fact that in the Yakut folklore river-nurse for centuries considered a grandmother. However, residents of the Olekminsk city, where the monument was to be installed, decided that for them the Lena River – a girl in the prime of her beauty. And now snow-white beauty with curly, like waves hair meets the tourists at the city’s waterfront. The monument to the 380th anniversary of the city opened a few days ago, and it has become a major attraction and the main object for selfie. The three-meter Lena created from special white durable concrete, able to withstand the harsh climate and temperatures from -60 to +60.
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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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