Monument to Aleksandr Pushkin
A monument of bronze almost three and a half meters high stands at a small area where two streets intersect. It is named after the Russian poet now. On the bronze pedestal the milestones of the writer’s life journey are denoted in three languages: French, Russian and Flemish. Thus, Pushkin stands on a segment of his own path with birth and death dates. Stylized as handwriting of Pushkin, the writing encircles the monument.
In 1999, when the 200th anniversary of the birth of Aleksandr Pushkin was celebrated, City Hall of Brussels, which is one of the world’s cultural capitals, decided to pay tribute to the great Russian poet. One year before George Frangulyan has opened a monument to Peter the Great in Antwerp, which instantly became a local landmark. Foreign Ministry expressed the initiative to ask Moscow sculptor to create the monument.
Frangulyan has put a shape of genius, inspiration, impulse, and power into his monument. This is a generalized portrait of Russia. The plastic clothes look as if it were fashioned with goose quill, which creates parallel with oeuvre of the poet.
Shaping Pushkin, the sculptor wanted to show his manuscripts to be alive in the environment of their creation. Scratch of a pen, candle fire light, rustle of paper on the desk – all this helped feel the monument to be shaped not with hands or a stack, but with quill pen, which drew lines on shapes’ surfaces. These lines are intended to emphasize the alternating ridges and troughs, defining a special poetic rhythm of the shape.