Sculpture of the Worker and Collective Farmer - Symbol of USSR

Sculpture of the Worker and Collective Farmer - Symbol of USSR
«Sculpture of the Worker and Collective Farmer - Symbol of USSR»

The front view from Prospekt Mira (Avenue of Peace) on the made of stainless steel sculpture of the Worker and Collective Farmer (Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa).

The monument is set on high pediment (34,5 m) depicts a young man and a girl, personifying the Soviet Union: its working class and collective farming. Together they raise the emblem of the Soviet State – a hammer and sickle. The sculpture was created by artist Vera Mukhina to crown the 37-meter-high Soviet pavilion of the World’s Fair in Paris in 1937. The weight of the 24,5-meter monument made of steel is about 80 tons. In 1939 the sculpture was established in front of VSHV, Agriculture exhibition of the Soviet Union, that later was renamed to VDNKh, All-Union Exhibition Center. It became the symbol not only of the famous exhibition but also the symbol and the ideal of the soviet epoch.

Photo #008 taken on May 12, 2015 at VDNKh

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