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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

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

Mortally Wounded Lion Monument
A rock relief, an allegorical composition, which Mark Twain once called “the most mournful piece of stone in the world”, is 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 the guards heroically defended. At the head of the lion is another shield – with the emblem of Switzerland. Interestingly, the mimicry of the noble animal expresses his almost human suffering, shown romantically symbolic and artistically convincing. Noteworthy, the left shoulder of the lion – pierced with a spear. The carved in Latin above the rock bas-relief inscription reads:
HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI, which means «Loyalty and courage of the Swiss”. And the below bas – Latin numerals 760 and 350, corresponding to the number of dead and surviving soldiers. At the foot of the monument – carved the names of soldiers and officers who gave their lives in the name of duty.
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Monument to the 1971 Soviet film Officers

Monument to the 1971 Soviet film Officers, established in December 2013 in Moscow. Sculptor Alexey Ignatov

Monument to the 1971 Soviet film Officers, established in December 2013 in Moscow. Sculptor Alexey Ignatov

Monument to the 1971 Soviet film Officers opened December 9, 2013 on Frunze Embankment in front of the buildings of the Ministry of Defense of Russia. The monument reveals one of the final scenes, meeting of Ivan Varavva (actor Vasily Lanovoi) with his friends spouses Alexei Trofimov and Lyubov (actors Georgy Yumatov and Alina Pokrovskaya), as well as their grandson, Ivan (actor Andrey Gromov), a cadet of Suvorov Military School. The author of the monument – sculptor Alexey Ignatov. “Officers” – the Soviet feature film, staged at the Central Film Studio for Children and Youth Film of Maxim Gorky in 1971 by director Vladimir Rogov. The images of the heroes of the composition depict actors Vasily Lanovoi (standing left), Georgy Yumatov, Alina Pokrovskaya, and Andrey Gromov.
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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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