|The Motherland Calls, Volgograd - RUSSIA|
Monday, April 07, 2014
The Motherland Calls - RUSSIA
This amazing statue with 87 meters (one of the highest in the whole world) is a grand monument erected in Volgograd (former Stalingrad) to commemorate the victory on the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942-1943, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare where the Red Army suffered a total of 1,129,619 total casualties and more than 850,000 soldiers of the Axis died. A statue that should make us wonder about the stupidity of war and how in 135 days almost 2 million people lost their life. Besides that it's a engineering masterpiece - in my opinion it should be considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Thank you so much Masha for the awesome card. This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
The Motherland Calls, also called Mother Motherland Is Calling is a statue in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. It was designed by sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin, and declared the largest statue in the world in 1967. Compared with the later higher statues, The Motherland Calls is significantly more complex from an engineering point of view, due to its characteristic posture with a sword raised high in the right hand and the left hand extended in a calling gesture. The technology behind the statue is based on a combination of prestressed concrete with wire ropes structure, a solution which can be found also in another work of Nikitin's, the super-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow.