Monument to Bulat Okudzhava
Architects: I. Popov, V. Proshlyakov
Unveiled on May, 8, 2002. The event was dedicated to two important dates in poet’s life: Victory Day, for which he fought in the World War II for three years, and his birthday, the 9th of May. In 2002 Okudzhava would have been 78.
After Okudzhava’s death in 1997 President of Russia Boris Yeltsin issued a decree to perpetuate the memory of the poet in a monument. A contest was announced won by George Frangulyan.
“The composition ‘sprawled’ in the Arbat alley, Bulat’s ‘shadow’ on the bronze podium, the arch with inscribed lines of poetry, a table with a bench, where you can sit, all of them are intended to immortalize the time of Okudzhava. At that time many his compatriots found a possibility for artless lyricism and sincerity of art. I tried to reconstruct the cultural environment of the 1960s, for our children and grandchildren could imagine and feel it.”