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Mask of Sorrow, Magadan

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4.6/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
The Mask of Sorrow is a monument perched on a hill above Magadan, Russia, commemorating the many prisoners who suffered and died in the Gulag prison camps in the Kolyma region of the Soviet Union during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. It consists of a large concrete statue of a face, with tears coming from the left eye in the form of small masks. The right eye is in the form of a barred window. The back side portrays a weeping young woman and a headless man on a cross. Inside is a replication of a typical Stalin-era prison cell. Below the Mask of Sorrow are stone markers bearing the names of many of the forced-labor camps of the Kolyma, as well as others designating the various religions and political systems of those who suffered there.The statue was unveiled on June 12, 1996 with the help of the Russian government and financial contributions from seven Russian cities, including Magadan. The design was created by famed sculptor Ernst Neizvestny, whose parents fell victim to the Stalinist purges of the 1930s; the monument was constructed by Kamil Kazaev. The mask stands 15 metres high and takes up 56 cubic metres of space.WikisourceDecree about labor camps of 1919, in RussianA decree about penal labor, 1929, in Russian
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  • Clearly it is necessary to visit this Memorial! Not yet arrived (by taxi) felt TU grief and history that permeates the place. Yes, and after visiting another glanced out of town on a hill with this Memorial. The architect managed to pass everything he wanted, the mask of sorrow actually looks out on the town with sadness. But paint it (the Memorial) in grey color was overkill (my opinion). The colour of the stone would have been much more naturally. on the eve of the visited regional Museum (or local lore)-there's learned a lot about the gulag and Kolyma. So went to the mask prepared!
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  • Who came to mind to paint such a work of art of ship paint? Hands he would tear off! Or make the lead in the original appearance.
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  • Mask of Sorrew is situated on top in Magadan city. Nice view but windy mood. Statue is inetersting, you can o up to stairs. 
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