The monument to Yuri Gagarin on Leninsky Prospekt will be restored

April 12
Construction and renovation

The monument to Yuri Gagarin on Leninsky Prospekt will be restored. The decision to carry out this work was made after a scheduled inspection of the monument. It will be necessary to restore the lining of the stylobate and eliminate minor damage.

"This year, it is planned to conduct a detailed condition survey and develop a restoration project. The works themselves will begin in 2022, they will be under the control of experts of the Moscow City Heritage," said Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

The monument to the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was installed on the square of the same name on Leninsky Prospekt on July 4, 1980. The authors of the titanium monument are sculptor Pavel Bondarenko, architects Yakov Belopolsky, Fyodor Gazhevsky and designer Alexey Sudakov.

The main part of the monument composition is made of titanium, which is used in the construction of spaceships and aircraft. The monument to Yuri Gagarin was the first monumental structure made of cast titanium. The cosmonaut figure consists of 239 blocks, bolted together with titanium alloy. Its height is 14 meters. Today the monument has the status of the identified cultural heritage site.

"During the restoration work, specialists will eliminate chips, remove dirt, restore the polishing of the facing plates of labradorite stylobate, will seal the joints between the titanium sheets of the monument," said Alexey Yemelyanov, Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow.

The height of the column that is crowned by the cosmonaut figure is 38 meters. On the site next to the monument, a stylized model of the Vostok spaceship is installed. It is decorated with a cast inscription: "On April 12, 1961, the Soviet spaceship Vostok with a man on board made a flight around the globe. The first person to enter space is Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a citizen of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics."


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