Assembly of Moscow’s Wall of Grief begins

Assembly of Moscow’s Wall of Grief begins
The monument will be erected in the public garden at the intersection of Akademika Sakharova Prospekt and the Garden Ring. Traffic won’t be affected during the installation period.

The installation of the Wall of Grief by People’s Artist of Russia, sculptor Georgy Frangulyan and architect Andrei Frangulyan began on 6 August. The sculpture dedicated to victims of political repressions will be seen at the intersection of Akademika Sakharova Prospekt and the Garden Ring. Due to its large dimensions, the bronze monument is being delivered from the sculptor’s workshop in Khimki, Moscow Region, to the public garden in parts. It will be fully assembled on 28 August. Traffic won’t be affected.

“On the afternoon of 6 August, installation of only the first eleven parts started. All the pieces will have been transported to the public garden by 23 August. The installation is six metres high and 30 metres across. Mounting of such a large sculpture will not cause any inconvenience for the public,” said a spokesperson of the Moscow Department for Major Housing Repairs.

The Wall of Grief is a two-sided high relief with several arches. It consists of many nondescript bronze figures merging into a single element. They appear to be floating off the earth and soaring into the sky. On both sides of the Wall there are bronze panels inscribed with the word ‘remember’ in different languages.

The monument will be semi-circular and supported by granite walls. In front of it there will be seven granite pillars with projectors directing their rays towards the sky. The sculptor’s idea behind it was that the projectors’ light personifies the souls of the people. At night, the entire monument will be lit up with special lighting emitting a soft yellow glow. The area around the monument will be paved with round stones and trees will be planted nearby.

The public garden at the intersection of Akademika Sakharova Prospekt and the Garden Ring also awaits some improvement. The overall upgrade area will be 5,400 square metres. At this moment, the laying of cable tunnels and of the new paving foundations is underway. Later, granite curb stones and granite paving stones will be put in place. Stairs will be repaired and new landscape lighting for the lawns will be provided in the public garden.

A competition in 2015 selected the monument’s design. Three hundred forty projects competed. The jury selected the project by sculptor Georgy Frangulyan and architect Andrei Frangulyan.

The works by Georgy Frangulyan can be found elsewhere in Moscow. They include the statue of Bulat Okudzhava on Arbat Street, the statue of Joseph Brodsky on Novinsky Boulevard, the statue of Aram Khachaturyan on Bryusov Pereulok, the statue of Dmitry Shostakovich at Kosmodamianskaya Embankment and others. The Wall of Grief will be completed by this October.