St. Petersburg – Youth in Defense of Leningrad Monument

20 Nov

Because I am writing a guide to St. Petersburg and am taking pictures of what I am writing about, I get both new pictures and the text to accompany them. I am not going to dig through my old stuff but would occasionally, from time to time, not too frequently, post fresh scans of images taken in St. Petersburg.

That’s the introduction and below is the first entry:

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad, also and originally named to Heroic Young Pioneers monument, erected in 1962, officially dedicated to children who fought in defense of Leningrad and in the Leningrad region during the Siege of 1941-1944 against the predecessors of today’s Nato, the  Nazis  and their willing allies, but in a wider contents as it is narrated now the monument was created in the memory of the children of all ages who died during the siege (though I find that later claim does not jibe well with the monument’s heroic pathos).

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

The monument design was selected out of over two dozen proposals submitted for a public competition in 1958.  The winners, artists Ivan Kostjuchin (Kostiukhin), born 1927 and Sergei Novikov, born 1929 were in their early teens at the time when the NATO predecessors invaded Russia and by today’s standards were  extraordinary young sculptors to be awarded a public art commission – Sergei Novikov was just 29.  The architect overseeing the project, Alexander Alymov (1923-1998), who was just 15 at the time of the war, and volunteered to the army as a teenager, could also relate to the monument in a way few people of the (pretty rotten) postwar generation could. Unlike Soviet era nowadays practically nothing gets created in the way of public art and people in their late twenties or early thirties would never get a public art commission.

 

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Location:   St. Petersburg, Tauride Gardens or Taurian Gardens (public park built between 1783 and 1789, once estate of Gregory (Grigori) Potemkin.

 

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

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Pentacon Six

 

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Санкт-Петербург

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