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Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Work by sculptor G.V. Frangulyan. The city of Baltiysk. Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Russian Empress Elizabeth Petrovna monuments

Built in 2004 monument to Elizabeth Petrovna of Russia is a part of Historical and cultural complex “Elizabeth Fort”. The work by sculptor G.V. Frangulyan depicts the Empress on horseback in the dress of the Colonel of the Life Guards of the Preobrazhensky Regiment. It as if meets all the ships entering the Kaliningrad Gulf. The height of the statue is 6.3 meters, the total height with the pedestal, made in the form of a fortification, is 14 meters. The weight of the statue is 12 tons. The idea belongs to the administration of the Kaliningrad region and the Ministry of Culture. Initially, it was planned to install it on the central square of Kaliningrad – in front of the cathedral. But the sculptor Georgy Frangulyan suggested the port city of Baltiysk (formerly Pillau), which stands at the break in the Baltic Spit. The sculptor justified this by the fact that the monument will have a symbolic meaning, like the Statue of Liberty in the USA: all ships coming to Russia and going to the Kaliningrad port, necessarily pass through this strait.
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Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova

Grave Monument to Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova

Grave Monument to Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova

The friendship story of beautiful black Horse Pepel and equestrian Elena Petushkova (17 November 1940 – 9 January 2007) lasted 16 years. Pepel (Ashes in English) was a horse-personality with a very uneasy character. Petushkova had a hard time: for a long time she achieved mutual understanding. Elena decided to apply non-standard methods of working with horses. For example, when Pepel did bite her, Elena, despite the bruises and pain, did not pay attention to the bites. Colleagues advised to punish the whip, believed that she would dilute the stallion and this could be dangerous, but kindness and love won. Gradually, Pepel changed his attitude towards Elena and even kissed her on the cheek. This was their first victory.
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Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park

Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park

On the cartoon ‘The Return of the Prodigal Parrot’, a Soviet and Russian animated series created by director Valentin Karavaev and screenwriter Alexander Kurlyandsky in 1984. Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park

Favorite cartoon characters Sculptural park opened on the Day of Metallurgist in July 2017 in Bratsk, the Siberian city of Russia.
In accordance with the results of the Interregional Festival of Concrete Sculptures held in Bratsk (July 1 – 15), a remarkable sculpture park appeared in Bratsk. Timed to the Day of the Metallurgist, widely celebrated in Bratsk, the Park of Metallurgists housed competitive works. In addition, hundreds of citizens attended other festive events.
According to the press service of the city of Bratsk, for two weeks, 22 masters representing Bratsk, Irkutsk, Perm, Kirov, Omsk, Usolye-Sibirskoe, Chita, Nizhny Tagil, Svirsk, Telmu (Usolsky district) and Nevyansk (Sverdlovsk region), worked in the Park of Metallurgists. As a result, they created 16 sculptures from concrete on the general theme “Favorite cartoon characters”. First, the artists built hollow figures from special metal fittings. The next stage is the piling the figures with building concrete with gravel. And finally, finishing of figures with plaster concrete. All the sculptures are painted bronze with shades of precious metals.
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Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

Glamorous lady with a handbag gigantic weird monument. Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

Japanese first open-air sculpture park Hakone

One of the favorite places of pilgrimage of every Japanese is the settlement of Hakone. It is here, in the shadow of the majestic Fujiyama, appeared the first open-air museum in Japan in 1969. From the very beginning the park was conceived as a mixture of different cultures and eras: from ancient art to modern Japanese sculpture. Once, the eldest daughter of Pablo Picasso chose a small Japanese village to give the owners of the park a large collection of works of her famous father. Later, an extensive collection of works by Henry Moore was added.
Meanwhile, The Picasso indoor pavilion is the only “serious” institution in the park. All the rest is a farce, a comedy played by local nature before passers-by, involving unexpected art objects in their game. Making fun of random passers-by, thickets of bushes can instantly turn out to be the huge head of an ancient god. How did it find itself here, far from his native Athens? But instead of answering, the giant head only smiles mysteriously.
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Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood. Mother and child sculpture in Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl, Russia. Located in the park-museum ‘The Governor’s Garden’ Mother and child monument made of wood. Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

Monuments glorifying mothers and motherhood

The unique sculpture made of wood decorates the park-museum “The Governor’s Garden” in Yaroslavl. Meanwhile, the sculpture has a great meaning. Children are our roots, what remains on earth when parents go to heaven. No doubt, Mom is the most loving and devoted person in the world. She is sincerely happy for our successes, supports us in failures and worries for every step we take in life. We owe her our life, we share with her joys, anxieties and the most secret desires. Undoubtedly, Moms are the people who deserve monuments. So, let’s have a look at the small part of stunning sculptures dedicated to moms, which mostly appeared in Russia for the last decade.
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Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument

Work by sculptor Igor Chernoglazov - Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument, 1999, marble, granite. Museon, Moscow

Work by sculptor Igor Chernoglazov, inspired by “The Black Shawl” poem by Alexandr Pushkin – Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument, 1999, marble, granite. Museon park, Moscow

Ultra-romantic Black Shawl monument
Pushkin wrote the poem “The Black Shawl” during his stay in Moldova. However, “The Black Shawl” appeared under the influence of the two texts of poet Zhukovsky. From his ballad “Revenge” (1816), Pushkin borrowed the motive of drowning the corpse in the river at night and a rhythmic-stanzaic structure. The second important work is “Alina and Alsim” (1814). It tells the story of two lovers separated by their parents. The girl was married. One day a young man secretly came to her in the guise of a trader, to say goodbye forever. Alsim pressed Alina’s hand to his heart. At this time, her husband entered. Blinded by jealousy, he stabbed both of them with a dagger. Before her death, the girl confessed to her husband that she was innocent. According to the finale of the ballad, afterwards the ghost of the bloodied Alina in a black shawl constantly pursued the murderer.
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Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk

Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk

Construction of 1925. Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk

Vladimir Lenin monument-mausoleum in Chelyabinsk
Located on the Aloe pole (Scarlet field) in the city of Chelyabinsk mausoleum appeared on July 15, 1925. However, the authorities laid the first stone on the day of the funeral of Vladimir Ilyich, exactly the minute when in Moscow Lenin’s body was lowered into the crypt, on January 27, 1924, at 18:55.
In fact, it resembles the mausoleums of the East – a two-story granite monument with two side staircases leading from the central entrance to the second floor. The monument of gray granite, combines a torn stone with a hewn stone, processed to a small buchard (platbands, locks, and framing arches). On the balcony of the second floor, between the two columns there is a niche with the bronze bust of VI Lenin. On the sides of the monument – obelisks.
Noteworthy, the outstanding Soviet sculptor Vera Ignatyevna Mukhina herself lead the process. Meanwhile the author of the project is Nikolai Mikhailovich Chekasin, a simple librarian of the Chelyabinsk Bibliocollector, whose project won in a contest.
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