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Worker & Collective Farm Woman

Worker & Collective Farm Woman

The illuminated statue of the Soviet Era "Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa" (Eng: Worker and Collective Farm Woman) by Vera Mukhina looks very impressive on the picture taken on sunset when it was a bit cool, but dry and pleasant Autumn evening with beautiful cirrus clouds on a darken blue skies...

The monument "Worker and Farmer" by architect Vera Mukhina perhaps is one of the most famous ones in Russia. It became a symbol of USSR and one of it's monumental structures, without which it is difficult to imagine the Soviet Union and even modern Russia.

The monument consists of the dynamic sculptural group of two figures with raised above the heads symbols of Soviet Union - the hammer and the sickle. The sculpture of happy young man and a woman represents the owners of the Soviet land - the working class and collective farmers (Rus: kolkhoznikov, the people who worked in kolhoz). The famous monument that was created for the Soviet pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937, got World's Fair at this exhibition. The sculpture is made of stainless chromium-nickel steel. The height of the sculpture is about 25 m (the height of the roof-pedestal is 33 m).The total weight is 185 tons. In 2003, due the bad shape and many rusty parts, the monument was disassembled in preparation to Expo 2010. According the original plan of reconstruction of this monument, it had been renovated already in 2005, but due financial and technical problems it was finally returned back on its historical place only in November 2009.

When you stand and look on the sculpture, especially on such pleasant evening with fascinating sunset and illuminated shapes of the monumental creature, no doubt that it gives an impression of power and greatness and without any clue you understand why it became a symbol of strength of the USSR and its power. I took many shots of the monument that evening, when was still daylight and when it was just getting dark. But I can say beyond doubt that it has the most special charm at night, when it is lit up with perfectly set illumination highlighting the gigantic monument from all its sides.

With Warmest Regards,
Your Personal Guide & Driver in Moscow

Posted: October 7th, 2010

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