Statues - Hither & Thither

Russia
Moscow - Москва

Bolotnaya ploshchad'
Болотная плошадь

Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых

Children are the victims of adults' vices


(Wikipedia)
Mikhail M. Shemyakin
Polich Tallix (New York)
2001

Moscow - Москва /  Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых   Moscow - Москва /  Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых

Description

Blindfolded boy and girl on a plateau, gold coloured bronze, and in a half circle around them the adults' vices, represented by thirteen dark grey bronze statues with their names in Russian and English (left to right):

Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
НАРКОМАНИЯ / drug addiction
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
ПРОСТИТУЦИЯ / prostitution
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
ВОРОВСТВО / theft
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
АЛКОГОЛИЗМ / alcoholism
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
НЕВЕЖЕСТВО / ignorance
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
ЛЖЕУЧЁНОСТЬ / irresponsible science
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
РАВНОДУШИЕ / indifference
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
ПРОПАГАНДА НАСИЛИЯ / propaganda of violence
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
САДИЗМ / sadism
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
ДЛЯ БЕСПАМЯТНЫХ... / for those without memory...
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
ЭКСПЛУАТАЦИЯ / ДЕТСКОГО ТРУДА / child labor
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
НИЩЕТА / poverty
Moscow - Москва - Дети - жертвы пороков взрослых
ВОЙНА / war

Inscription(s)

2 сентября 2001 гола
скульптор михаил шемякин
архитекторы: вячеслав бухаев, андрей ефимов
финансирование «РОСНЕФТЬ»
гранит: московский камнеобрабатывающий комбинат
бронза: «талликс» нью-йорк (сша)
2 September 2001
Sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin
Architects: Vyacheslav Bukhayev and Andrey Yefimov
Financial support: Rosneft
Granite: Moscow stone processing plant
Bronze: Tallix, New York (USA)

Information Sign

The sculptural composition
Children are the victims of adults' vices
Created by Mihail Chemiakin

Mihail Chemiakin is an artist of world reputation. He works in a broad range of media and on various themes from monumental statues to theatrical sceneries and jewelries.
Between 1971 and 1981 Mihail Chemiakin lived and worked in Paris, since 1981 he has been living in New York City. Chemiakin's works of art are in the collections of numerous museums in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Japan and other countries. He created a number of well-known monuments: to Peter the Great (St. Petersburg, 1991; Normandy, 1991; London, 2001), to the Victims of Political Repressions (St. Petersburg, 1995), to the Architects and Builders of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, 1995), to Giacomo Casanova (Venice, 1998) and others.
A 15-figure sculptural composition Children are the victims of adults' vices is inteded by the author to be an allegory of the fight against the global Evil.
Mihail Chemiakin wrote to his future spectators:
"I created the sculptural composition Children are the victims of adults' vices as a symbol and a call for action to save the living and the future generations. For many years it has been declared and pathetically exclaimed: "Children is our future!" However, it would take volumes to write down all the crimes of the society against children. I, as an artist, call upon you with this work to turn your heads backwards to hear and behold all those sorrows and horrors our children have to suffer nowadays. All sensible and honest people should stop and think before it's too late. Don't be indifferent! Fight and do your best to save Russia's future!"

The sculptural composition Children are the victims of adults' vices is Mihail Chemiakin's gift to the city of Moscow.

The sculptural composition is assembled by the architects
Vyacheslav Bukhayev and Andrey Yefimov

financial support by nk oao "rosneft"

The opening ceremony of the sculptural composition took place on the Day of the City of Moscow
on September 2-nd, 2001

(text also in Russian, French and German)

Sculptor

Tags

  • Drug addiction
  • Indifference
  • Onwetendheid
  • Polich Tallix (New York)
  • Poverty
  • Prostitution
  • Sadism
  • Science (allegorical figure)
  • Shemyakin, Mikhail M.
  • Theft
  • Vices
  • War
  • Location (N 55°44'45" - E 37°37'9")

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