19.04.06 New sculptures in Minsk
Bronze Inhabitants of Mikhaylovsky Public Garden
Mikhaylovsky Public Garden (Michael Public Garden) and all neighboring streets were almost completely destroyed during World War II. After WW II the public garden was restored which fact is now witnessed by cast fence remaining from that period. It situated not far from Central Railway Station, close to Nezalezhnasci Square.
Few years ago the public garden underwent restoration and gained quite decent appearance. Extremely interesting are three sculptures that have adorned the garden recently. Just imagine the situation: you slowly walk through the garden lane illuminated by trembling lights of lamps and suddenly notice an elegant silhouette of a woman - small hat, beautifully draped weightless dress, coquettish leg gracefully set aside, in short, you see a charming lady leaning back on the park bench. You get closer, even more closer, and all of sudden discover that the lady... presents a fine work casting.
The author of the sculpture installed in the public garden in May 1998 is Vladimir Zhbanov. Approximately a year later one more sculpture of the same artist was installed on the edge of the garden. Near the trolley bus stop now stands a young guy made from bronze. As you can easily see from the pose and gestures he is asking a passer-by for a light. Unlike in the case of the charming lady-stranger whose prototype is quite general and abstract, the prototype of the sculpture as well as the inspirer of the piece was a real person Golynsky by name. Golynsky was a friend of the sculptor and was quite known both among artists and business people. It happened so that the sculpture was presented to public on the 40th day after Mr. Golynsky tragic death...
Mikhaylovsky Public Garden has recently gained new sculpture Girl with Umbrella. Former inhabitants of the park — Lady Sitting on the Bench and Guy Asking for a Light — have been Joined with fragile girl-teenager holding an umbrella.
The author of the sculptures Vladimir Zhbanov recollects that the idea of the piece appeared long ago. That time alone silhouette was associated in the sculptor's imagination with a girl waiting for a bus on terminal stop. However the tragedy in Nyamiga metro station that stroked the city in May 1999 when about 50 young people died, mostly girls teenagers, brought new anxious note of kid's vulnerability into emotions of the sculptor.
The umbrella that the girl is holding is obviously destined for sheltering her from rain yet actually appears to be just an illusion. It seems that the girl invites people to hide under the umbrella she raises slightly. Clearly, symbolical umbrella provides no protection. The kid's stature reminds people of how helpless and unprotected, in essence, are their most valuable treasure - their children.
Still, the majority of spectators visiting the garden do not notice that disturbing note at all. Some of them think the girl is just waiting for a friend of hers the others consider her as just nice and elegant statue offering excellent opportunity to take a picture for memory.
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