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City Hunter: Philosophical Monuments in Moscow
November 3, 2011 16:17

Bird of Happiness

 Bird of Happiness
This monument represents a gilded hand, holding a little pigeon – the symbol of friendship among nations. There is the Star of David above the sculpture. The second part of the composition is the prototype of Jerusalem Wailing Wall, made of stones. 
Opened in 2001 it is situated in front of the Moscow Choral Synagogue.
The sculptor: Igor Burganov.
Address: 10, Bolshoy Spasoglinischevsky lane, “Kitay-gorod” metro station.                                                                                  

"Children – victims of adults’ vices"
It is one of the most philosophical monuments I've ever seen in Moscow. The composition consists of 15 figures – two blindfolded kids are playing surrounded by monsters. According to the author these ugly creatures are the allegoric images of human vices: drug addiction, prostitution, theft, alcoholism, ignorance, pseudo-science, indifference, propaganda of violence, sadism, child labor, poverty, war and a pillory for those without memory. The author tries to say that we should think about future generations. He appeals to stop commit crimes against children and society, to fight against evil and to struggle for the future.  
It was inaugurated in 2001.
The sculptor: Mikhail Shemyakin, a world wide known artist.
Address: Bolotnaya Square, “Tretyakovskaya” metro station.

Russian Intellectuals
There is a beautiful sculpture of a winged horse above strange pile of iron, located in one Moscow small park. It looks like the animal is speared with arrows. The explanation is rather interesting and easy. The copper horse is a Pegasus – a symbol of art, culture and Russian intellectuals. The pile of iron is an explosion made to kill Pegasus – an allegory of harm and aggression. 
Russian artists, writers, scientists suffered much during the totalitarian period in the country. What is the fate of current Russian intellectuals and does Pegasus have enough power to jump over all difficulties – that's what you think, standing near the suffering and rebellious horse.
The monument was unveiled in 2004 in the park near the Andrey Sakharov Museum and Public Centre.
The sculptors: Daniel Mitlyansky and Galina Shilina.
Address: 57, Zemlyanoy Val, “Taganskaya” or “Kurskaya” metro stations.

Consumer and Creator
In the centre of Moscow we can meet an absolutely strange monument that no one in the city can understand. According to its name the sculpture expresses the great philosophical idea of consumption and creation. But why there is a huge cube tied with a metal rope? Probably, it reflects human power over nature. Let's think about it together. 
The sculptor: Yuri Mirakov
Address: 12/2, 4th Tverskaya-Yamskaya street, “Mayakovskaya” metro station, near the gallery “Anna and Yuri Mirakov”.

Forbidden fruit
Everyone knows the story about Adam, Eva and forbidden fruit.
  Beware the Serpent's temptation while walking in one of Moscow parks, as you can find there a huge apple - one more attractive monument in the city. 
A labyrinth of thuja trees leads to the sculpture and the statues of Adam and Eva are placed before the entrance.
Address: Park 50 years of October, “Prospekt Vernadskogo” metro station.  

  Image courtesy:,, Livejournal,
Natalia Semicheva

Author: Natalia Semicheva

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