The colossal Worker and Kolkhoz Woman statue on Prospekt Mira is one of the most recognisable examples of the socialist realistic style with a touch of Art Deco. The sculpture was first presented at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris and later relocated to Moscow. It symbolises the Soviet Union’s might based on “infrangible alliance of the working class and peasantry.”
Metro VDNKh (line 6 orange.)
The Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices group of bronze sculptures on Bolotnaya Square presents a boy and a girl besieged by symbols of drug addiction, prostitution, alcoholism, sadism and other vices, of which indifference is the key one. Some critics say the statuary glorifies the vices rather than calls to protect children from them.
Metro Borovitskaya (line 9, grey) or Novokuznetskaya (line, green.)
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Eternal Flame in Alexandrovsky Garden may lack aesthetic attraction. Still it is the principal monument immortalising the Soviet People’s Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. See the guard mount at the monument every hour, if you are fond of marching skills.
Metro Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) or Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue.)
The monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, famous weapons designer, stands at the junction of Sadovo-Karetnaya and Dolgorukovskaya Streets. The seven-meter tall statue shows the designer who looks at his AK-47 “as if it was a work of art,” according to the author.
Metro Mayakovskaya (line 2, green.)
The Slavic Woman’s Farewell monument at Belorussky train terminal must be the liveliest sculptural composition commemorating the troubles of war in Moscow. The same-name song that since WWI has been a patriotic but still a romantic march inspired the sculptor. Touch the girl’s bunch to ensure a safe journey.
Metro Belorusskaya (line 2, green or line 5, brown)
See Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson discussing a case on Smolenskaya Embankment in Moscow. In fact, the sculpture depicts both the Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters and the Russian actors who played in a TV series based on the famous stories. You will not miss the sculpture if you visit the British Embassy in Moscow.
Metro Smolenskaya (line 4, light blue.)
After visiting the Novodevichy Convent, relax in a scenic park nearby and see the amusing Make Way for Ducklings statuary, a gift from the US children to their Russian coevals.
Metro Sportivnaya (line 1, red.)
The touching figure of a Mongrel Dog at the western exit from Mendeleevskaya metro station (line 9, grey) calls for compassion with stray animals. Rub the dog’s nose and you will never be lonely.
To see about 1,000 monuments and sculptures that have not found a place on Moscow’s squares and streets or were dismantled, go to Museon Park. See our Museums & Galleries section for details.
Metro Park Kultury (line 1, red or line 5 brown.) or Oktyabrskaya (line 5 brown or line 6, orange.)