Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

Pilgrims family sculptural composition

Pilgrims family sculptural composition

Pilgrims family sculptural composition

Pilgrims family sculptural composition – a man with a knapsack, a woman, and a child – made in the style of street sculptures – you can go to it to get close up, take a picture. Behind pilgrims rises symbolic image of Ivan the Great Bell in the Kremlin, in front of them – the bell tower of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. The composition is crowned by the figure of an angel. The frame group includes Bell, and among them – real ones, you can come and ring. The main connecting link of the composition is the Gates that open to every man on the path to God and shaped domes of an Orthodox church, topped with a figure of the Archangel Michael. In the center of the composition – the family of the Moscow city dweller, beginning the pilgrimage route from Moscow.
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Russian traditional ship sculpture

Russian traditional ship sculpture

Russian traditional ship sculpture

Russian traditional ship sculpture

The tradition to decorate ships with sculpture goes back to hoary antiquity. Militant sailors, seeking to crush the morale of the enemy even before the battle, attached to the stem heads of ferocious monsters, and unseen dragons. They were so frightening that, upon return to their harbor, not wanting to frighten the relatives, sailors covered the sculptures with deflated sail. Ship noses were decorated with carved wooden figures of animals, birds, and each had a certain meaning. For example, standing on back paws lion symbolized courage, grandeur and generosity. And preparing to jump leopard meant courage. A rapidly running horse symbolized power and speed; bull – fertility and prosperity; wing-spread Eagle – power and insight; bantam-cock – readiness for battle; and fish – vigilance. Brightly painted and even covered with gold leaf, flying over the waves figures were pride of ship. And only most experienced sailors could care for them. Their daily duty included daily cleaning them from sea salt, washing, and tinting. Besides, captured in the ship fights sculptures considered a valuable trophy. In honor of the victory, these sculptures, attached to a specially built triumphal column, dubbed the rostral (from the Latin word rostrum – the nose of the ship).
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Perm Gods Wooden Sculpture

Perm Gods Wooden Sculpture. John the Evangelist. Detail of 'Crucifixion'. The village of Ust-Kachka. Wood, gesso, tempera. XVIII century

Perm Gods Wooden Sculpture. John the Evangelist. Detail of ‘Crucifixion’. The village of Ust-Kachka. Wood, gesso, tempera. XVIII century

Perm Gods Wooden Sculpture
Komi-Permian treated sculptures with a touching love and awe. They dressed their wooden gods as living – in clothes and wooden shoes, brought them treats and gifts. Permians believed that the wooden gods came to life at night and went to the temple, so they regularly changed shoes of their gods. A rich selection of “Perm Gods” has been collected by Nikolay Serebrennikov. In the 1920s he organized several expeditions to the old villages in the north of the Perm Region for the collection of unique sculptures. Expeditions were not simple. Serebrennikov recalled, “For all the trips I had to travel 5083 miles, of which 2059 kilometers by horses, 2105 by steamer and 919 miles by rail.” Total 195 sculptures have been collected in six expeditions! And that’s not counting the various vintage items.
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Monument to Laboratory Mice

Monument to laboratory mice

Monument to laboratory mice in Novosibirsk, Russia. Sculptor Alexey Agrikolyansky

The Monument to laboratory mice for their services to science was installed in the square not far from the local Academic Institute of Cytology and Genetics of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The bronze monument shows a mouse in a lab coat and glasses, knitting with needles the DNA double helix. The monument was opened on July 1, 2013, to the 120th anniversary of Novosibirsk. According to the Institute Director, Academician Nikolai Kolchanov, a monument symbolizes the gratitude of the humanity for the animal, for the use of mice to study the genes of animals, molecular and physical mechanisms of diseases, development of new drugs. Sculptor Alexey Agrikolyansky, who embodied the idea into life, admitted that to do this was not easy, because the mouse is not a human, and it was necessary create it with emotion, character, find a cross between a cartoon character and a real mouse, and keep anatomical parameters of it.
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Tupolev Tu-104 monument in Rybinsk

Tupolev Tu-104 monument in Rybinsk

Tupolev Tu-104 monument in Rybinsk

Every day, the locals of the Jester Mountain district (in Russian – “Skomorokhova gora”), which is in Rybinsk of Yaroslav region, pass by the real aircraft mounted on a usual street, not far from the railway station. They get accustomed to this monument so much, that it has become an integral part of the urban environment. In other words, no one pays attention to Tupolev Tu-104 monument in Rybinsk. It has long been gone from the memory – where the plane originated, how and when it appeared in the middle of the city. When it was installed, whose idea it was to put the aircraft in this place and why? And what was its fate before the eternal parking?
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Invisible Man Invisible Monument

Invisible Man Invisible Monument

St. Petersburg. Invisible Man Invisible Monument

Invisible Man Invisible Monument
Among the many new and unusual monuments, which appeared in the most crowded and famous places of St. Petersburg, one stands out as absolutely extraordinary. It is a monument to Invisible Man, which, in fact, is a granite pedestal. Located at Fontanka, 132, just in front of the mental hospital №7, a few minutes walk from the metro station “Institute of Technology”. Gold letters on the rough granite display: “Monument to Invisible Man.” The story of the monument to the Invisible Man started back in 1892, five years before the publication of the novel by H. G. Wells “The Invisible Man” in 1897. However, the Story behind monument is a complete mystery.
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Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel

Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel

Izmailovo park. Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel

Saint Petersburg Bronze Angel settled on a bench in Izmailovo park. He hides under an umbrella and reads a book – a real Petersburg resident – intellectual. Angel gives a good mood and fresh thinking to all those who sit down next to him on the bench. Izmailovo is a beautiful garden in St. Petersburg – with quiet alleys, maple trees, and cozy benches. It makes you want to sit down on one of them and read an interesting book. However, on the same bench the reader is already sitting. So called “Petersburg Angel” – sculpture, which appeared in the Izmailovo Park October 12, 2012. A small bronze angel in long-skirted rumpled coat and funny old-fashioned hat perched on the bench back. From the rain, he is hidden under the umbrella and carefully reads his wise book. The author of the bronze sculpture is the famous St. Petersburg artist Roman Shustrov. By the way, he is the creator of a huge number of decorative dolls.
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