Monument to Joseph Brodsky, poet
Sculptor George Frangulyan. Architect Sergei Skuratov.
The monument is situated at Novinsky Boulevard between buildings Nos. 22 and 28, against USA embassy.
Composition of the monument consists of 13 figures depicted schematically. Brodsky himself stands alone; he is the only one with relief image of the body and face.
Figures are mounted on a tiered podium, combining them into a solid node. This two-step float is a symbol of the two stages of poet’s life.
The sculpture is located in a park, intruding deep into the yard, which creates an image of a theatrical mise en scene, perceived even when you walk around the composition. The street, people passing by become active participants of the spatial composition.
“I laid a lot of options to read the sculprture”, says George Frangulyan. “Schematically speaking, the composition consists of silhouettes. Flat shapes arranged in the space get their volume when combined with each other. We all are flying through our lives. The bottom line is that someone succeeds to express himself, to get ‘stamped’, to have his own picture, while others don’t. But everyone is given a chance. That’s why you can enter the site. When you stand among these figures, in this space, you become a monument of time. And your task is to make a choice: where you’d go, how you'd be able to express yourself in this complex world. These people, silhouettes, are no only Brodsky’s environment, but ours. We do not exist alone. They have no faces, but this is no insult. This is an opportunity to imagine ourselves among them.”