History and design features of the monument


creation Tsereteli height reaches 98 m. Thus, it is one of the highest monuments not only in Russia but also worldwide.He gives even the famous Statue of Liberty.For the production of sculpture were used materials of the highest quality.The frame is made of stainless steel and the cladding - bronze.Weight monument to exceed 2,000 tons.The sculpture consists of 3 parts, each of which is made separately: the pedestal, the ship and the figure of Peter the Great.On the creation of a monument at the Tsereteli it took about a year.

Some Russian media publications appeared that this magnificent building originally was a monument to Columbus, the sculptor who planned to sell in Spain, the United States and Latin
American countries to the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America.However, the proposal Tsereteli caused no interest in any of the countries.

According to historians, to create sculptures inaccuracies.So, rostra - noses of enemy ships - set correctly.They are topped by St. Andrew's flag.It turns out that Peter fought against established his own Russian fleet.Unlawful turned and the official name of the monument.The fact that he could not be dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy since opened only a year after the event.

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Monument just did not like the majority of Muscovites.Sharp rejection caused the appearance, the huge size and the absence of value for the city.In July 1997, even tried to blow up the monument.In 2007, the event was organized to collect donations for the dismantling works of Tsereteli.As a result, it managed to collect 100,000 rubles, but this amount was clearly insufficient for the implementation of the plan.

After resigning as mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, wanted to give the statue of St. Petersburg, but it flatly refused this unprecedented generosity.In 2008, Zurab Tsereteli, according to the site "Virtual tourists", took tenth place in the list of the ugliest buildings in the world.

Nevertheless, the monument still stands in Moscow, causing the irony on the part of citizens and the many intellectuals who have devoted a lot of his lines in his works.So, with a light hand of Michael Weller and leader of the group DDT Yuri Shevchuk, a statue of Peter the Great became known as "Gulliver in a Lilliputian boat," and science fiction writer Oleg Divov in the novel "The best crew of the Solar" in general I introduced him some pagan idol post-nuclear era.