“Fine Metropolitan” of the city of Minsk
Mihailovskiy Park in the center of the Belarusian capital
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In the capital of Belarus, in the city of Minsk there is a very cozy small park that is called “Mihailovskiy Park” created in the 20-s of the last century, and recently it has become famous for its unusual inhabitants – some interesting statues. The creator of all the sculptures of the park is the talented Belarusian artist and sculptor Vladimir Zhbanov.
The main inhabitant of Mihailovskiy Park is located on the far side of alleys. This is a so-called fine metropolitan of Minsk. It is a poetic sculpture called “Minchanka” in Russian or we can call it “Native Lady of Minsk” in English. It has got some other name that is “Stranger”. “Minchanka” is also the main model of the park for taking photos by tourists. And it deserves to be called this way as you can see a very elegant and feminine lady with long beautiful legs in a wide brim hat sitting on a bench and being indifferent to all your attempts to get acquainted with her. They say that the prototype of this sculptor became its creator’s acquaintance – some ballet-dancer.
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The other sculpture “Girl with an umbrella” standing near the southern entrance is one of the saddest inhabitants of Mihailovskiy Park. First the sculptor wanted to create an image of a girl waiting for a trolley-bus or a tram under rain. However, the tragic event of the year of 1999 in Minsk, when in an awful crowding in the metro station “Nemiga” 53 people died the majority of whom were young girls, made Vladimir Zhbanov change his mind and turn the romantic image of the girl into a peculiar monument dedicated to the victims of that tragedy.
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Nowadays you will see a girl standing as if under a lacy umbrella in a short dress stuck to her cold body because of strong wind. The umbrella in the girl’s hands with bare feet must protect her from rain but it is just an illusion. The girl-teenager as if is inviting other people to hide under her raised umbrella which can’t give any protection. The statuette of a child reminds people how vulnerable and helpless are the most priceless things, their children.
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In Mihailovskiy Park, close to the bus-stop a young man standing on a hatch will wink you and ask to get a light. It is the most mysterious inhabitant of the park. The young man in a cap is Lohovskiy, a movie character that was filmed at the end of the 90-s in the studio “BelarusFilm”. The prototype of the sculptor is considered to be a real man – the movie producer Vladimir Golynskiy. He ordered this sculpture Vladimir Zhbanov in order to draw people’s attention to the released movie “Lohovskoiy case”. Trying to create the exact similarity of the movie producer, the sculptor made a plaster mask of his face. But they say not for nothing that to erect a monument for yourself while you are alive is a bad omen. At the moment when Vladimir Zhbanov was creating his master-piece and started to cast a bronze statue of the young man the Belarusian movie producer Vladimir Golynskiy died. But the sculptor finished his started work. The date of the statue’s installation in Mihailovskiy Park coincided with the 40th day of the Belarusian movie producer’s death. This creation got the name “Prikurivauchiy” that means a man who is getting a light.
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Mihailovskiy Park is situated among the following streets: Leningradskaya, Kirov and Sverdlov Streets. It is not far away from the Central Railway Station of Minsk. Mihailovskiy Park is a favorite place for rest of both native people of Minsk and guests of the capital. The park looks like a green oasis in a stone desert of the Belarusian capital. After some time, looking at the taken photos of the bronze inhabitants of Mihailovskiy Park you will call to mind this picturesque corner of modern Minsk with pleasure.