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In one of the northern suburbs of Moscow I found this little park with 12 works of modern art. Closer inspection revealed that each represented a sign of the zodiac.
Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to find the name of the park but it is only a couple of minutes walk from Sviblovo metro station on the Orange Line (Number 6 – Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya Line). There is also a pretty little white Russian Orthordox church with a golden onion dome which is also worthy of a photo or two.
When I first visited the park, I didn’t realise at first that each piece of art represented a sign of the zodiac. All the pieces were made from various pieces of scrap metal. The bull representing Taurus and the lion representing Leo were easily identifiable but other pieces were a bit more abstract. For example, instead of an archer for Sagittarius, there was a small boy with a catapult. There was also a bit of humour with Pisces. Two large fish are sharing a meal at a table and the meal is of a fish.
In addition to not finding out the name of the park, I also don’t know who the person was who created this pieces of art so unfortunately, I can’t credit them. However, if you are ever in this part of Moscow, it is a quiet little place to sit and relax for a while.
Images of all pieces of art in the Zodiac Park can be found on my Moscow Flick set:
On the 9th May 1945, the weapons fell silent as the struggle in Europe came to a finish. The Western Allies and the Soviet army had smashed the German forces and every year, Russia marks the occasion with a victory parade.
2010 is the 65th anniversary and this year’s celebration in Moscow will be a bit diverse. Presentations started a few days earlier when twenty-two British veterans from the Arctic convoys were awarded medals by the Russian envoy to the Britain, Yury Fedotov. The veterans had helped ferry necessities to the northern Russian cities of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. In total, nearly 1,400 ships help keep the Soviet Union supplied.
As part of the Victory Parade, there will be a fly past of nearly 130 airplanes and helicopters from different periods of history. Over time, Red Square has experienced countless parades devised to show off the strength of the Soviet forces but this year, the parade will have a more international feel about it. Troops of the Welsh Regiment from the British Army, US 18th Infantry Regiment, pilots from the French Normandie-Nieman squadron and an honour guard from the Polish military will all march with army units from Russia and other CIS nations.
As well as the Victory Parade in Moscow, there will also be celebrations in other cities too. In Ukraine, 75 Russian paratroopers will march through Kiev as the country celebrates the end of World War II which was also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union. The Russian unit was invited to take part by the Ukraine government