Monuments reveal

Story behind monument

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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Disappeared profession monuments

Disappeared profession monuments. Monument to Water Carrier

Water Carrier. Disappeared profession monuments

Disappeared profession monuments

Well, who would have thought in the 19th century that such necessary and important professions as a water carrier, a chimney sweep and a lamplighter would have disappeared? And could anyone even think there would be such fantastic professions as a programmer, bio-engineer and an absolutely incredible profession of panda hugger? And what a great idea – to keep the memory of the disappeared professions in the form of beautiful monuments! Among such disappeared profession monuments are – the Monument to Water Carrier, Monument to Lamplighter, Monument to Chimneysweep. The list is incomplete, as, according to scientists and futurists, due to technological advances, in the nearest future will disappear such professions as Mail carrier, Fisher, Flight attendant, Floral designer, Travel agent, Farmer, Librarian, Teacher and more….
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Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer

Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer

Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer. 1931

Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer
This gypsum sculpture of Ballerina was made in 1933 in the USSR. The author of the sculpture – Elena Yanson-Manizer (1890-1971) – a famous Russian sculptor and graphic artist with a subtle sense of ballet. The author has created a series of sculptures devoted to such ballet performances, as “Swan Lake”, “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and “Egyptian Nights”. Works by Yanson-Manizer constitute the “golden fund” of Soviet sculptural plasticity of the twentieth century, and many of them exhibited in museum collections, such as the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum and others. As for the sculpture in the above photo, it is not just a collective image of an abstract ballerina – it is a legendary dancer of the XX century Natalia Dudinskaya.
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Faithful Dog Monument

Faithful Dog Monument

Faithful Dog Monument in Tolyatti. Bronze. 2003. Sculptor – Oleg Klyuyev

In Tolyatti is an amazing monument of German Shepherd, not forgetting his owners after their death. Faithful Dog Monument appeared in 2003. Its sculptor – Oleg Klyuyev. The story behind monument is as follows: for seven years the German Shepherd, named by the locals Verny (Faithful), lived on the sidelines of the South highway, where his owners died in a car accident. The dog was in the car too, but miraculously survived. Since the tragedy the dog, apparently hoping to return home, in any weather all year round was waiting for them on the road. The locals called the dog “Faithful”, and the most compassionate citizens even tried to take him home, but every time he returned to his post. Several times people built a booth right beside the road, but he ignored convenience. The only thing he did not refuse to take from the people – food, that many of driving along the Southern Highway left for him. Probably, there was no man in the city, who would once have not stopped by the dog and gave him a piece of goodies.
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What The Girl with an Oar reveals

What The Girl with an Oar reveals

Vera Voloshina (1919 – 1941). What The Girl with an Oar reveals

What The Girl with an Oar reveals
Perhaps, there isn’t more recognizable statue – incarnation of Soviet kitsch of socialist realism era, than the Girl with an Oar. And copies of this monument decorate many parks and cities of the former Soviet Union. However, the original statue was made by an outstanding Soviet sculptor Ivan Shadr. Besides, posed for the sculpture not just an ordinary young athletic girl. It was Vera Voloshina (1919 – 1941) – later the legendary Soviet intelligence officer, Hero of Russia, tortured and executed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Blond beauty, smart student, she was the most fun in the classroom. She dreamed of becoming a famous athlete, and won the competition in the high jump. Once spotted by sculptor Ivan Shadr, he persuaded her to pose for him. In 1935, the 12-meter sculpture of a nude Girl with an Oar appeared the Gorky central park of culture and rest. But then, the nude statue moved to Lugansk. In addition, a smaller copy was sent to the Tretyakov Gallery.
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Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument

Baikal Wanderer Monument was installed in October 2014. The place for the monument was chosen the viewing platform on the mountain in the Lake Baikal area, next to the village, which locals call the “MPC”. The monument is made of bronze, its height is four meters. Next to the statue is a marble slab, on which is carved the lyrics of the song “On wild steppes of Transbaikalia”. The song was composed by the convicts in Siberia. At the beginning of the 20th century it was published and recorded. It has since become part of the repertoire of various Russian and foreign artists. The author of the sculpture “Baikal Wanderer” – Buryat sculptor Tsydenzhal Tsyzhipov. Baikal Wanderer is a collective image of the escaped convict, which the artist managed to convey the most truthful. Bronze tramp as if came out of the legendary song, which has the following lines:
He wears only a thin shirt,
And set of different patches.
The cap on his head is a convict’s cap
And he wears a grey convict’s uniform.
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Knitting grandmother monument

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

Knitting grandmother monument in Belgorod, Russia. Bronze, 2005. Sculptors Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko, students of Kharkov Art Institute

In August 2005, on the day of Belgorod, citizens and guests of the city had been made a gift in the form of new monuments. One of them – Knitting grandmother monument appeared in the city center in a park near the Drama Theatre. The sculpture is made of bronze and weighs about 300 kilograms. It was installed among the fountains and benches, ‘grandmother’ is knitting a stocking and thinking about something else. The new sculpture belongs to the category of so-called folk monuments. The authors of the sculpture – young artists from Kharkov Taras Kostenko and Dmitry Ivanchenko. They named their bronze creation “Memoirs.” After the monument had been officially opened, it became a place of pilgrimage. Almost everyone couldn’t help sitting on the bench next to Grandma, photographing, or just telling “her” personal problems. The bronze grandmother has become the hit of the city.
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