Art at Site	Vera	Mukhina	Worker and Kolkhoz Woman

Vera Mukhina

Worker and Kolkhoz Woman

Russian Exhibition Centre
www.russianwomen.clubbr The most memorable feature of the exhibition site was the statue Worker and Kolkhoz Woman (Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa), featuring the gigantic figures of a man and woman holding together the famous hammer and sickle. The sculpture was created by Vera Mukhina and was 25 in height. br Another trade mark of VDNKh is a golden fountain with sixteen female figures representing sixteen Soviet Republics. The huge exhibition complex is a monument to the pomp of Stalinist architecture. br All Russian Exhibition Centre - formerly known as VDNKh - is a public park and general-purpose trade show in Moscow, Russia. br Opened in 1939 as the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VSKhV), it had 82 pavilions with the exhibition area of 700,000 square metres by 1989. br Each pavilion was designed initially to demonstrate economic achievements of Soviet republics, and thereafter they were grouped by industry or branch of agriculture Engineering Pavilion (1954), the Space Pavilion (1966), the Atomic Energy Pavilion (1954), the People's Education Pavilion (1954), the Radio-electronics Pavilion (1958), the Soviet Culture Pavilion.brbr www.wikipedia.orgbr Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa (Worker and Kolkhoz Woman) (Russian Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa) is a sculpture of two figures with a sickle and a hammer raised over their heads. It is 24.5 meters (78 feet) high, made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is an example of the socialist realistic style, as well as Art Deco style. The worker holds aloft a hammer and the kolkhoz woman a sickle to form the hammer and sickle symbol.