Monument 12 metres high
Yekaterinburg, Boris Yeltsin Avenue
The monument is situated at Boris Yeltsin Avenue in the centre of Yekaterinburg before congress hall Demidov Plaza. The memorial and informational Presidential centre of Yeltsin heritage is also located there.
The monument is a 12 metres high obelisk stele with a full-length bas-relief of Yeltsin on a dark grey pedestal weighing 140 tons. The essence of the stele is Boris Nikolayevich himself. According to George Frangulyan, “I chose white marble, rather than traditional bronze or granite, because of its vivacity and translucency. This monument seems to be not obelisk, but a rock, a moving rock, as Boris Nikolayevich used to be. Visually the image is nearly twisted and Yeltsin really seems to turn himself out of the rock, like an icebreaker crumbling all behind him. Furthermore, the Yekaterinburg monument is a frankly phallic sculpture for Boris Yeltsin was a Uralian, absolutely Russian man.The monument was unveiled on February, 1, 2011, on the 80th anniversary of Yeltsin’s birth. The third Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came to Yekaterinburg to take part in the unveiling ceremony.
At the ceremony Medvedev noted: “Russia should be grateful to Yeltsin for the fact that in the most difficult period the country did not turn off the way of change, and conducted serious transformation…”
The widow of Boris Yeltsin, Naina Yeltsina, also attended the ceremony, as well as Yeltsin’s relatives and friends, representatives of the federal government and others