If you try to make up an image of Irkutsk based on these sculptures, you’ll get an unusual picture. In this picture, Irkutsk is just like a person; a person who likes girls who read and watching movies, likes to joke around and greats the tourists, likes the sun and street music, sends kind thought into space and makes almost everyone’s wishes come true. Not even the residents of the city see this side or Irkutsk often, and seeing the city in this light is enjoyable to both the guests and the city’s residents.

4-meter tall Babr

Babr monument
The heraldic symbol of Irkutsk is a mystery to those who don’t know its story. The tourists see the babr as either a fox or a marten. They are mistaken. The head and the body or Irkutsk babr come from the Siberian tiger, and the paws and the tail come from a beaver. In its mouth, the babr hold its prey, a sable.

Do not miss the opportunity to see this wondrous bronze beast. Stop by and take a picture with this charming symbol of Irkutsk.

Where is it?

The intersection of Lenin St., Timiryazev St., Sedov St., 3rd July St. and Krasnogo Vosstaniya St. in the 130th district.

When was it installed?

October 2012

Who are the authors?

Olga Smirnova and Natalia Bakut

A gazing tourist

A monument to the tourist
This two-meter tall guy with a backpack is supposed to be wandering through the city center after returning from a trip to the Lake Baikal. Everything seems to amaze him. Looking up at the beautiful buildings at Karl Marx Street, the tourists stops in awe in from of an old neo-renaissance building, a former «Grand-Hotel» that was built in 1899–1902.

Where is it?

Litvinov St., 2

When was it installed?

27th September 2011, on the World Tourism Day

Who are the authors?

Ilya and Eugeny Stavski

Leonid Gaidai shooting a movie

Памятник Леониду Гайдаю
A monument to Leonid Gaidai (Photo by Denis Kurenkov)

The most famous comedy movie director of the Soviet Union, Leonid Gaidai is especially adored in Irkutsk. Here, he spent his childhood, graduated from a drama school of the Irkutsk Regional Drama Theatre, worked as an actor and as a lighting specialist.

The monument to the director looks like a picture of a filming process frozen in time and recreated in bronze. On one side of the five-meter area stands a sculpture of Gaidai; he is sitting in a chair next to the Barbos dog that holds a dynamite stick in its teeth. The other side or the area depicts the famous scene from the «Kidnapping, Caucasian style» movie. In this scene, the Fool, the Coward and the Pro are stopping a car. Come here if you want to reminiscence for a while, to feel the magic of the moviemaking world or to meet the characters of these kind and fun soviet movies for the first time.

Where is it?

Trud Square, near the «Circus» or «Sapojok» bus stops

When was it installed?

October 2012

Who are the authors?

Aleksandr Mironov, Lev Serikov and Segey Demkov

Movie date

A monument to dating
A young man is waiting for his date, glancing at his watch with impatience. He’s holding flowers in hand, hiding them behind his back, and his eyes are sad. His crush is running late.

This landmark near the Barguzin cinema is interesting by itself. People of Irkutsk made the monument responsible for the success or their dating life. If you want your date to be great, too, rub the bronze nose of the statue for luck.

Where is it?

Baikalskaya St., 107, next to the «Diagnostics Center» and «6th Soviet» bus stops

When was it installed?

7th of March, 2013

Who are the authors?

Ilya and Eugeniy Stavski

A monument to street musicians

A monument to street musicians
A sculpture composed of a cello, a chair and a begging hat stands on Uritski St. This street is the largest pedestrian street in the city, often referred to as the Arbat of Irkutsk. Many talented people gather here to share their music for a modest fee or for a simple smile.

The chair is the most popular element in this exhibit, and it rarely stands empty. Both citizens and tourists like to take pictures of themselves sitting in it.

Where is it?

Uritski St., 8

When was it installed?

August 2011

Who are the authors?

Ilya and Eugeniy Stavski

Anniversary kopek monument to the kopek coin

Anniversary kopek monument
This landmark sculpture is 1.5 meters high. «A kopek saves up for a ruble», says the inscription at the base of it.

The first version of this sculpture was given to Irkutsk on its 350th anniversary by the Sberbank bank, which turned 170 years old in the same year. A coin this big became a regular target of vandalism — and soon, the sculpture cracked beyond any hope of restoration. A new metal kopek was hoisted on a pedestal two years later, and it stands unharmed and shiny to this day.

Where is it?

Trilisser St., 57a, next to the «Trilisser» bus stop

When was it installed?

4th of September, 2011 (the first version)
2013 (the new version)

Sundial

A sundial monument
This monument is another gift for the 350th anniversary of Irkutsk. This time, it was a gift from Verkhnelenski Bank. The dial is crafted from marble and granite, adorned with a wrought ornament and a giftcard-style mural. However, the beauty is not the main point of this sculpture.

Come to see this sculpture on a sunny day. When the sky is clear, the sundial shows astronomically precise time.

Where is it?

Lenin St., next to «Voyage» mall («Trud Stadium» or «Philarmonic Theatre» bus stops)

When was it installed?

2011

Money-power socket

«Charge yourself with the energy of money!» monument
In 2003, the Saint Petersburg Mint Office issued a limited collection of coins with 1, 2 and 5 ruble denominations. In 8 years, these coins were made into an art installation which amuses the residents and the tourists to this day still.

If you overspend money on your journey, stick two fingers into the socket next to the inscription that says, «Charge yourself with the energy of money!» Perhaps, the legend says, you’ll find some extra money in your pockets afterwards. Whether or not you end up with some extra coins, this act will still improve your mood in an effortless way.

Where is it?

Lenin St., 15

When was it installed?

October 2011

The hand of kindness

Памятник «The hand of kindness»
This monument, sculpted in the form of an open book, is dedicated to Yagoda Vlagon’, the head of MONAR Polish Center which helps drug addicts and HIV-infected patients. The words inscribed on the left page of the book say that even one good though can help someone in a dark time. Next to these words, on the right page, there is a recess in a form of a palm. This recess represents a hand of kindness.

Touch this hand if you want to support someone with your thoughts: a loved one, someone close to you or even a stranger. Whoever is sad, lonely, scared or bitter will feel your support, and he’ll feel better.

Where is it?

In the courtyard behind a municipal clinic, on the corner of Lenin and Karl Marx streets

When was it installed?

2012

The Soviet muse

The Soviet muse
This is the only USSR-made sculpture in our selection. The workers of a local mica factory gathered the money and hired the sculptor at their own initiative. They put the monument near the music school.

In this sculptural interpretation, the patron of arts looks dispassionate and detached from the worldly matters. But here’s the paradox: the closer you look at the muse, the longer you’ll want to keep looking.

Where is it?

Zhelyabov St., 9, next to the «Circus» or «Gor’ki» bus stops

When was it installed?

1986

Who is the author?

N. A. Berdnikov

A student of the Foreign Languages University and her magical dictionary

Russia has many monuments to students, but some unspoken rule somehow dictated most of them to be depicted as male. The Irkutsk sculpture differs fundamentally. Here, the statue is female. It is not a big surprise, though: 70% of this university’s students are female.

Almost everyone in the university participated in the creation process of this monument. People drew sketches and passed their wishes to the sculptor. The end result turned out to be a pretty sculpture which invites you to sit next to it and take pictures. Some of the more superstitious students gather around the sculpture’s magical dictionary before exams. They believe that rubbing the spine of the dictionary will help them make it through the finals.

Where is it?

Lenin St., 8, next to a bus stop and «Angara» hotel

When was it installed?

2008, in honor of the university turning 60 years old

Who is the author?

Mikhail Filippov

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