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The central figure of the Museum of History of Ukraine in World War II is a monument to 'Motherland', a102-meter high monument towers over the Dnipro River. It can be seen from the most remote corners of Kyiv.
The monument project was initially worked by Yevhen Vuchetich, the famous author of The Motherland Calls monument in Volgograd. At the very beginning, it was planned that a bronze gilded 80-meter figure of a womanover would raise over a three-storey museum building. A waterfall placed at the foot of the statue at a height of 30 meters was planned to flow into the Dnipro. On both sides of the water flow , Soldiers' sculptures were planned to be placed on both sides of the monument to illustrate the assault across the Dnipro.
The Motherland Statue is a monumental sculpture located on the right bank of the Dnipro. It’s a part of the complex of the National Museum of Ukrainian History in the Second World War. It was opened on May 9, 1981.
This is a peculiar symbol of the woman's beginning and strength of the spirit of the Ukrainian people. It is listed in the top 20 of the highest statues of the world and exceeds the Statue of Liberty. Its height is 102 meters, it weighs 450 tons.
- The sculpture was built with a 100-meter crane. Over the time of installation it was imposed with 30 kilometers of welds. Geodetic measurements, which are held annually, confirm that the sculpture will stay for 150 years and can withstand even a 9-point earthquake.
- Halyna Kalchenko, one of the colleagues of the main sculptor, became a model for the image of the Motherland. But the nose of the sculpture had to be extended so that it did not seem flattened from the bottom.
- The new tradition of decorating the sculpture with a poppies wreath appeared in 2015. The flowers were put by the roofer Mustang and his friends. This is an inflatable polyester wreath, which is commonly used for balloons.