A few kilometers south of the Moscow Ring Road on the Bitsa River is the city of Vidnoye, the center of the Leninsky District of the Moscow Region. The Alley of Glory is located between Timokhovsky Pond, St. George Church and Sovetsky Passage. The alley is made in the form of a 3-rayed star.
Sculptures by Alexander Rozhnikov. Alley of Glory
The monuments installed on the Alley were made by the famous Russian sculptor Alexander Alexandrovich Rozhnikov, Honored Artist of Russia, awarded with many awards, incl. international level. The sculptor himself from the Lyubertsy region, graduated from the Moscow State Art and Industry Academy. S.G. Stroganov with honors and one of his first iconic works was a monument to soldiers-internationalists in Lyubertsy.
On the initiative of the head of the Leninsky district V.Yu. Golubev and war veterans in September 2000, the Alley of Glory was laid as a sign of honor and respect for the residents of the region who died in the Great Patriotic War. After 5 years, a whole complex of 4 monuments appeared on the Walk of Fame, the implementation of which was entrusted to A.A. Rozhnikov. The center of the complex is the bowl with the Eternal Flame. Very little time passed and Vidnov’s “Cranes” (2005) soared over the eternal flame.
Three steles, faced with pink tiles, symbolize 3 types of troops: ground, air force and navy, and between the steles there are bronze cranes frozen in flight.
Cranes are the messengers of victory.
In many legends, the crane is a symbol of peace, light, hope and goodness. On October 22, Russia and the CIS countries celebrate the Day of White Cranes (a holiday in memory of those who died in battles on the fronts of the Second World War).
Poet Rasul Gamzatovich Gamzatov wrote: “Sometimes it seems to me that the soldiers, who did not come from the bloody fields, did not fall into this ground once, but turned into white cranes.”
In November 2006, a monument to Our Mothers was unveiled on the Walk of Fame.
A.A. Rozhnikov depicted a woman with children holding hands and heading towards the temple. The children are slightly ahead, followed by the mother, who lightly touches their shoulders with her hands. The author wanted to show that during the war years, women and children believed, waited and worried about their relatives.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, a monument to soldiers-internationalists was unveiled on the Walk of Fame (February 2007). The monument is made of bronze. Its height is 6 meters, and its weight is more than 1 ton. An interesting fact is that its installation was carried out using a helicopter.
On the Walk of Fame there is a beautiful rotunda gazebo, similar to the gazebo in the Sukhanovo estate.
The sculptor A.A. Rozhnikov portrayed a young couple in a gazebo, standing arm in arm and talking about something. The young man is actively gesticulating, and the girl looks at him with admiration. At the foot of the gazebo, water flows down, forming a fountain. The fountain monument was installed in June 2008 and is called “Youth”.
At the end of the Walk of Fame in the same year, another interesting sculptural composition by A.A. Rozhnikov, which is called “Bench of Reconciliation”.
The originality of this bronze composition is a cat and dog hugging. A curved bench is installed on their tails. People who sit on the bench from different sides slide to the center and, according to the author’s idea, will definitely make up.