Art installations decorated with 20,000 fresh carnations appeared ahead of 9 May in the centre of Moscow. A V formation of six white cranes flew up over red flower hills on Tverskaya Square. The creators of the installation were inspired by Cranes, a song first interpreted by Mark Bernes, about soldiers who fell during war. It starts with the following rhyme:
I sometimes feel that soldiers
Who stayed on the battlefields,
Did not fall on the ground
But became white cranes.
These lines made white cranes one of the main symbols of the fallen defenders of the Fatherland.
An installation of four red horses appeared on Novy Arbat Street. They symbolise the mighty force that drives people to combat the enemy. Some 11,000 fresh carnations were used to decorate this installation that is 2.2 metres high and 8 metres long.
A special programme will be offered as part of Moscow Spring festival to mark Victory Day. On 8-9 May events will be held on Revolyutsii Square, Rozhdestvenka Street and Kamergersky Pereulok, featuring theatre performances, readings and war-time singing accompanied by music and a cappella.