Monument “The Worker and the Collective Farmer” at Night
Night view of the famous monument “Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa” (Worker and Kolkhoz Woman) at one of entrances into All-Russia Exhibition Center (former VDNKh). The statue was made from stainless steel by sculptor Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris. The 24.5 meters (78 feet) high iconic monument of the Soviet era depicts a robust couple, with a hammer and sickle in hands, striding into a Socialist future. After gaining a prize at the exhibition in Paris, the sculpture was moved to Moscow. It is an example of the socialist realistic style, as well as Art Deco style. The worker holds aloft a hammer and the collective farmer a sickle to form the hammer and sickle symbol. The statue was unveiled after long-term (seven years) restoration, on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, accompanied by fireworks. The restored statue uses a new pavilion as its pedestal, increasing its total height from 34.5 meters (the old pedestal was 10 meters tall) to 60 meters (the new pavilion is 34.5 meters tall plus 24.5 meters of the statue's own height).
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