Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, Moscow
There are so many reasons Worker and Kolkhoz Woman is one of the most recognisable monuments in Russia. At 24.5 metres (80 feet) high and using a VDNkh pavilion roof as its base to increase its total height to 60 metres (197 feet), its hulking stature is emblematic of the Soviet Union’s grandiose aspirations. Designed in 1937 by Vera Mukhina, one of Russia’s most prominent sculptors at the time, it depicts a worker and a collective farm girl brandishing the hammer and sickle. In 1941 it earned Mukhina a Stalin Prize – the union’s state award – and in 1947 it became the logo for Mosfilm Studios, one of the most prolific Soviet-era film studios. Currently it is housed in VDNkh, the All-Russian Exhibition Centre, along with many other objects, artefacts and exhibitions dedicated to Soviet achievements.
VDNkh, Prospect Mira 119, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 683 56 40