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Samara is full of monuments, urban genre sculptures, and monuments. Of course, not all of them are of artistic value, but there are many unique, non-standard and very witty sculptures.
Of the oldest sculptures of the city, a plaster bust of Pushkin (author Reutlinger) was preserved. Despite the fact that the author of the bust is an amateur, the work is of undoubted interest, as an example of Russian sculpture of the early 20th century. The work is on the balcony of the Palace of Culture of Railway Workers, the former Pushkin House.
The series of ideological monuments of Samara is endless, but among them there are really good examples of socialist realism. For example, a monument to Lenin on Revolution Square. Established in 1927, the monument is one of the works of the classic of Soviet sculpture, the author of the death mask of Stalin, Matvey Manizer. His works also include monuments to Vasily Chapaev and Valerian Kuibyshev.
At the intersection of Novo-Vokzalnaya and Pobedy Streets there is a bust of aircraft designer Nikolai Kuznetsov. This is the work of the famous sculptor Anikushin.
Two monuments to Vysotsky immediately stand in Samara. This is the work of Ivan Melnikov and Mikhail Shemyakin. Shemyakin's work is interesting in that it is a multi-figure composition, where the great poet is depicted in the role of Hamlet. The area of the whole composition is about 25 square meters.
Monument to Vysotsky in Samara
Religious monuments are interesting in Samara, among which one can especially note the sculpture of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the monument to Cyril and Methodius, the sculpture of St. Alexis, the sculptural composition of Saints Peter and Fevronia. All of them were installed in the late 90s, or in the first years of the 21st century. The authors of the monuments, mostly young sculptors, but their work deserves attention.
Among the numerous monuments and monuments dedicated to the victims of World War II, two monuments of Ivan Melnikov stand apart. The first is dedicated to juvenile prisoners of concentration camps, and the second to juvenile home front workers. Both works are very emotional and piercing.
Among the city sculptures that adorn the streets and embankments of the city, the attention of tourists is attracted by such original works as the monument to Yuri Detochkin, the Red Army Sukhov, Pinocchio, the brave soldier Schweik.
A symbol of the Samara well-being and happiness is considered a sculpture of the Samara goat, of which there are several in the city.
There are among Samara sculptures full of humor, good irony and even sarcasm. Such works as a monument to the heating battery, a monument to Internet users, a monument to the yard cat are unique. There is no need to talk about the artistic value of these sculptures. However, these jewelry more than compensate for the artistic simplicity with the extraordinary humor and positiveness that the authors put into them.
Monument to the heating batteryMonument to Internet Users
Unfortunately, several excellent examples of urban sculpture located in the city parks are being destroyed, lacking the necessary attention from the city authorities.