A crown, a cloudberry and a warrior helmet: symbols of the cities from the “The Silver Necklace of Russia” appear at the VDNKh

January 2

An exhibition of unique art objects has opened at the VDNKh in front of Pavilion 57 (Historical Park "Russia – my history"). The site hosts 11 sculptures in the form of silver beads, each representing a North-West city or region of Russia. These are parts of the historical-cultural and touristic project “The Silver Necklace of Russia” that unites the travelling routes from St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk Region to the Republics of Karelia and Komi.

One bead is 1.8 meters high and weighs up to 80 kilograms. The sculptures are made of foamed plastic, fiberglass and covered with a two-component metal coating or silver paint with a spectral glow effect. The beads pattern mirrors the location of the cities and regions on the map of Russia.

Each bead has a QR code plate enabling the visitors to learn about landmarks of the city or region.

The Kaliningrad Region is represented by a crown-shaped bead that can be considered one of the mandatory attributes of the fairy tales by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann – a writer who was born in Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) in 1776.

The Pskov bead is a helmet of an ancient Russian warrior, a hero of Pushkin’s fairy tales. Its shape also repeats that of the domes of Orthodox churches this ancient land is rich with. The Novgorod Region is represented by a pigeon. The bird is associated with one of the legends of Veliky Novgorod, where the pigeon is considered to be the guardian of the city and comforter for its residents. The pigeon’s lead figurine sits on the cross of the central dome of the Novgorod Cathedral of St. Sophia.

Press Service of the Committee for Tourism of Moscow

The bead of Karelia is a cloudberry, a symbol of the fascinating and distinctive nature of those places. The sculpture dedicated to the Republic of Komi resembles the twisted streams of the famous Buredan Falls. It is the largest waterfall beyond the Arctic Circle, with its banks resembling lunar craters.

Prominent artists, actors, directors, artists, scientists and cosmonauts took part in the creation of the beads. Each of them developed the design associated with the chosen region.

The exposition also includes an item having no particular authorship – the bead of Saint Petersburg in the form of a huge mirror ball.

The street exposition can be visited until January 15, 2022. The exhibition has been organized by the Committee for Tourism of Moscow jointly with the Saint Petersburg Committee for the Development of Tourism and the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall (St. Petersburg) with the assistance of the Federal Agency for Tourism and the Fund for Supporting Innovations and Youth Initiatives in St. Petersburg. This year the bead-shaped sculptures could be seen in Saint Petersburg next to the Peter and Paul Fortress.

The “Silver Necklace of Russia” unites 11 regions: Saint Petersburg, Leningrad, Novgorod, Pskov, Kaliningrad, Vologda, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk Regions, the Republics of Karelia and Komi, and the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

The name of the exhibition refers to the interregional touristic brand of the same name, created in 2012. It unites the routes across historical cities, regional centers, large settlements of the North-West of Russia where ancient monuments of history, architecture, natural landmarks and museums have been preserved along with the natural sites, including those on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Moscow is a part of the touristic route “The Golden Ring of Russia” that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Source: mos.ru

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