The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Monument Is Raised in Moscow


The famous sculpture has been installed onto its new pedestal on 28th November. It was originally created in 1937 by the soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina especially for the World Fair in Paris. This 25 meters high sculptural composition was to crown a huge Soviet pavilion at the bank of Siene River.


The sculpture is made of stainless chrome-nickel steel – not a very typical material for sculptures even for extremely industrialized Soviet countries in the late 1930’s. But for the words of the author “its reflecting grey would allow to single the monument out of the ambient space”.


A young man holding a hammer and a lady with a sickle were to embody the masters of the Soviet land – labor class and collective farming. The tools they hand form the hammer and sickle symbol – state emblem of the Soviet Union.
After the Paris World Fair finished the monument was tried be moved to Moscow but due to its enormous size was seriously damaged while being transported. In 1939 it was reconstructed in Moscow and installed at the Northern entrance to the All-USSR Agricultural Exhibition (now called All-Russia Exhibition Center). In 1979 the sculpture was restored.


In 2003 Moscow was one of the favorite to accept Expo 2010 so it was decided to dismantle the monument for substantial reconstruction. It was taken in 40 pieces. It was planned to be returned to its place in 2005 but after Expo 2010 was awarded to Shanghai and due to the financial problems reconstruction works were delayed and the day of the sculpture’s return was postponed for several times.


Nobody knew the exact time when they are going to raise the monument, but there were some rumors a day before that it’ll be 8 a.m. They appeared to be truth and at 7.50 the huge sculpture began its way up. A unique crane that can cope with a nearly 200 tons weight was ordered especially for this event in Finland. There are only three of them in the world. The lift was very slow – about 30 minutes. That gave enough time for gapers to stand open-mouthed and to use their cell phone cameras.


At last the statue was fastened at the top of a new exhibition pavilion – an exact copy of that standing in Paris in 1937. It will accommodate Vera Mukhina Museum, a number of exhibition sites and a conference-hall. The facade of the building is not finished yet – some decoration works are in progress. The modern restorers refused to use beautiful marble originally decorated the pavilion due to its high cost and susceptibility to low temperatures. They used granite instead – stones of 12 different tints were ordered in Italy, Kazakhstan, Turkey and China.









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64 thoughts on “The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Monument Is Raised in Moscow”

  1. That is an amazing statue or pair of statues, I had always thought it to be much taller, but at 25 meters, not so…. In feet thats only aproximatly 75 feet tall, but the pedistal made it seem much taller. I had always assumed it was about 5-600 feet tall, much like the heigth of the statue of liberty here, though I don’t know the actual heigth of it. I do like and admire this soviet monument however.

    • Here’s a solution to the problem of res-erecting a communist era monument. Remove the hammer from the factory worker, and the sickle from the Kolkhoz lady. Replace the hammer with a BlackBerry, and the Sickle with a Prada purse. –Soviet era monument now updated to reflect the new reality.

        • Yeah, I seem to get this reacion alot. Seriously though, my suggestion is a very jaded, sarcastic response to the sad fact that the average Russian citizen really has nothing, while a select few have managed to scam their way into wealth. –Replacing the Hammer and Sickle of the factory worker and the Kolkhoz worker with a BlackBerry and a Prada purse aptly reflects this fact.

        • Yeah, I seem to get this reaction alot. Seriously though, my suggestion is a very jaded, sarcastic response to the sad fact that the average Russian citizen really has nothing, while a select few have managed to scam their way into wealth. –Replacing the Hammer and Sickle of the factory worker and the Kolkhoz worker with a BlackBerry and a Prada purse aptly reflects this fact.

          • Yes, we understand, Thank You Tovarich Volk, you good man even though you think Mr. Rabinovich was tough and stringy compared to sheep!

  2. I think once again socialism proved his necessity in modern Russia.the sickle the hammer the old symbol of working people everything is just like the past.but capitalist states also going to adopt socialist principles.subsidies, state`s guarantees to the business and nationalisations etc.i think soon or later we will see the “retrofit”of B I Lenin in red square! ! !.

    • Social democracy like in Scandiavia or Holland works excellent. These countries are the most prosperous and have very high living standard for everybody. Socialism like in CCCP was bad, too much power in hands of corrupted ego-maniacs. Average people are just toys for them

    • ahaaa ha haaha!

      You not going to be laughing at yourself when Russia occupies your little speck of a country again right after they retro fit Lenin in Red square!

      haa hahaaaha!

  3. I guess this big old statue represents nostalgia. The US still has it’s old Statue of Liberty, which stands for freedon, which of course now stands for freedon to have Wall Street connections in Congress so that they can get billions of dollars for Wall Street bonuses. Russia goes the way of ‘capitalism’ and the US goes fascis.

  4. I would of loved to have been there watching the installation! I can’t wait to visit the monument and museum. Great Post Thank You! 🙂

  5. Beautiful sculpture, but I hate its political symbolism. And with good reason… Since we were stripped of our estate, and forced to collectivize the farm. All under the constant threat of gulag imprisonment.

    So we escaped to America, which is also turning into a horrible place. Is there anyplace in this world where man can just live without constantly being tripped up by stinking politics?!

  6. Russia’s government has odd priorities. I can understand why they’d want to preserve such an iconic piece of art, but as Kirov says, to spend this amount of money when people are poor and suffering makes no sense.

    Rest in peace to those kids in Perm…first the bombing and now this…not a good week for Russians.

  7. Taupey absolutely loves this monument!
    She’s doing study for painting that’s similar to Nike of Samothrace.

    The position of The Worker And Kolkhoz Woman has strong resemblance to Nike of Samothrace statue’s position.

    I like the combination of gracefulness and strength this monument projects.

    Thank You for wonderful photographs and post.

  8. Beautiful sculpture indeed, but I too dislike its political symbolism. Also it does not fit the skyline as it creates this strange sense of an alternate reality where the CCCP was still existant. I am all for preserving this work of art but perhaps it would be best suited inside a large hall instead of a rooftop. This way it would also be more easily preserved as it would not be exposed to the outside elements.

  9. Sometime i really wonder,that who is the in charge in Russian federation????a million dollar question.some time economic system running fast toward market based principles and same time government tighten rope around the “private” businesses.Russia is the largest country in the world ,without the doubt.but little and tiny “country” Taiwan`s foreign reserves are near equal to the Successor of the world super power Russian federation????????natural reserves,vast area,fossil fuel and un limited amount of the customers around the world.wake up Russia,until chinese human export occupy your land………

  10. Socialism is not working, it is utopia. Social-democratic systems like in Scandinavia and Holland work excellent. High standard of living! People actually have power! True democracy and prosperity for all

  11. hey dumasses America may trip once in awhile but we have never fallen . the usr is a nazi germany that was kept from doing what hitler got away with . pure evil

  12. It is, in an ironic way, a fitting tribute to the reality of socialism. The reality was that these regimes always used expensive symbolism to prop up their power and had little regard for the common man. So, in spending this money on this statue, socialism has once again triumphed. Just remember: No government or corporation will ever care about the plight of the common man. They are all self serving and care only about themselves, regardless of the rhetoric that spews forth from their mouths.

  13. The drama never ends on this site….
    Go to and type in the website translator.Make sure the language setting is at Russian to English.

    If this comment does not get held up in the Fing moderation this post and the fire should still be there and maybe the video.

  14. OMG Russians are unable to feed their own people and they build massive statues commemorating the starvation of millions of Ukrainians 🙁

  15. I like this statue both for its artistic qualities and for its political meanings. When it stood in Paris, it seemed to predict the future as it was facing directly the German Pavillion with its Nazi Eagle in seeming confrontation. It stood larger and more powerfully forshadowing the victory of the USSR in crushing the Hitlerites. Just a pity that the dream of Socialism was undermined by the vices of mankind. Let’s try it again someday.


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