Sculptures Characters of the Ural tales of Bazhov in Moscow, Rostokino

Sculptural composition Malachite Symphony
Sculptural composition Malachite Symphony

In a small park in the Rostokino microdistrict at the corner of st. Bazhova and st. Malakhitova in 2007, sculptures were installed depicting the characters of the Ural tales of P.P. Bazhova. At the entrance to the square there is an abstract-avant-garde composition “Malachite Symphony” (“Stone Flower”), a stylized image of a flower. The sculptural composition is made using the mosaic technique and is a gift to the residents of the district from the Mospromstroy company, sculptor O. Tatarintseva, architect E. Moisyuk.

In the park itself there is a bust of P.P. Bazhov and sculptures of characters from his Ural tales. The park was decorated by the sculptor – Vladimir Valerievich Lepeshov, a member of the Moscow Union of Artists. His workshop is located in the Rostokino area on the street. Agricultural.

P.P. Bazhov
P.P. Bazhov

Bazhova Square. Bust of P.P. Bajova

Bazhova Square. Bust of P.P. Bajova
Bazhova Square. Bust of P.P. Bajova
Danila Kondratyevich Zverev - the prototype of Danila the Master
Danila Kondratyevich Zverev – the prototype of Danila the Master

Pavel Petrovich Bazhov is a Russian writer, collector of Ural legends and folklore.

His first collection of fairy tales – “The Malachite Box” was published in 1939 and gained incredible popularity, and has not lost it to this day. His tales are capable of captivating both children and adults.

From early childhood, the future writer learned to understand the beauty and wealth of the Urals. The miners told him folk legends and myths, and Pavel created his own fairy-tale world.

Sculptors of his characters can be found in the park. Here is Danila the Master. This is the main character of fairy tales, a master of malachite carving. He met the Mistress of the Copper Measure and learned the craft from her.

Sculpture Danila-Master Sculpture Danila-Master

Sculpture Danila-Master. Characters of the Ural tales
Sculpture Danila-Master

In 1946, director Alexander Lukich Ptushko at the Mosfilm film studio shot a fairy tale film “Stone Flower” (“Ural Skaz”)Characters of the Ural tales.

The film adaptation was made based on the Ural tales of P.P. Bazhova. It was the first full-length film shot on color film. The costumes and sets were made at the Czechoslovak film studio “Barrandov”, where the cave interiors were filmed. Danila the Master was played by actor Vladimir Vasilyevich Druzhnikov, and the Mistress of the Copper Mountain was played by Tamara Fedorovna Makarova.

The Mistress of the Copper Mountain keeps precious stones and rocks. In front of people, she appears in the form of a beautiful woman or a lizard in a crown. Vladimir Lepeshov depicted her in sculpture in both forms at once – women against the background of a rock, and behind – lizards on the rocks.

But a goat with a magic hoof, where he stomps, a precious stone appears, the more he hits, the more stones appear. Of course, this is a character from the Silver Hoof tale.

Sculpture Jumping Fire. Characters of the Ural tales
Jumping Fire

Sculpture Mistress of the Copper Mountain. Characters of the Ural tales

Sculpture Mistress of the Copper Mountain. Characters of the Ural tales
Sculpture Mistress of the Copper Mountain
Sculpture Silver Hoof. Characters of the Ural tales
Sculpture Silver Hoof

There is an Ognevushka-jump in the park.

A small girl the size of a palm, with red hair, in a sarafan and with a handkerchief in her hand. She is the mistress of the gold that is stored in the upper layers of the earth.

In Soviet times, many books with colorful illustrations were printed based on Bazhov’s tales, and many cartoons were shot based on Bazhov’s tales. 1977 director-animator Gennady Mikhailovich Sokolsky shot the cartoon “Silver Hoof”

In 1979, director-animator Natalia Evgenievna Golovanova shot the cartoon “Ognevushka-skakushka”.

Stills from the film-fairy tale Stone Flower, directed by A.L. Ptushko

There is an interesting fact that all the characters of P.P. Bazhov are fictional, but Danila the Master is not. In the village of Koltashi, on the Ural River Rezh, there was a housekeeper – Danila Kondratyevich Zverev, it was he who served as the prototype for Danila the Master.

Arriving on this winter day in the Bazhov square, we opened the “Malachite box” and admired the heroes of his Ural tales.

Stills from the film-fairy tale Stone Flower, directed by A.L. Ptushko
Stills from the film-fairy tale Stone Flower, directed by A.L. Ptushko
The sculptor V.V. Lepeshov
The sculptor V.V. Lepeshov

 

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