The President of Russia Vladimir Putin admitted that he liked Rzhevskiy memorial, agreed with him, the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
The two leaders talked with the authors of the project – sculptor Andrey Korobtsov and architect Konstantin Fomin, reports TASS.
“I think it will be one of the best memorial works on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Very beautiful!” – Putin said, noting that one side of this monument was “a monumental, and with another – air”.
“Original work” – said Lukashenko, noting the ease in the monument.
Korobtsov and Fomin said that the inspiration for the work was the famous poem by Alexander Tvardovsky “I was killed near Rzhev”. A task they called “the dissolution of the monument in the air” – they tried to tear the figure from the ground.
They also noticed that the base of the monument is an image of the cranes that represent the soul of the soldier.
“the Cranes are flying from the battlefield, with burnt earth, and a fallen soldier rises from the ashes,” explained Korobtsov and Fomin.
The uniqueness of the monument, according to them, that he doesn’t have a pedestal – 25-foot sculpture “grows” out of the mound. The total weight of the monument is about 200 tons.
Earlier Tuesday, Putin and Lukashenko took part in the Rzhev opening of the memorial to Soviet soldiers.
Putin invited Lukashenko at the opening ceremony of the memorial on the day of the Victory parade in Moscow. Later, the President of Belarus has confirmed that it will participate in the events for the opening of the memorial.