Motherland Monument

The Motherland Monument
The Motherland Monument

Approaching the capital of Ukraine by car, train, boat or plane, one can see from everywhere the noble pile of the Motherland monument. The author of the monument is the people's artist of the USSR Vasyl Borodai. Other sculptors, architects, many experts, scientists and workers took part in its construction.

Assembling of the Motherland Monument
Assembling of the Motherland Monument

The main sculpture - the figure of a woman with a shield and a sword in hands - was made of slab stainless steel and erected on a 40-meter cone pedestal. The pedestal is 62 meters high from the bottom up to the point of the sword, the total height is 102 meters, and the weight is approximately 500 tons. Motherland Monument is a unique structure. It was the first time in the country when the sculpture of such size was manufactured at Kyiv plant named after Commune of Paris based on recommendations of Electric Welding Institute named after Y. Paton, whose representatives advised on how to weld junctions of stainless steal blocks each weighing 25-30 tons. Some thirty kilometers-long welding junctions were laid during the assembling work. The uppermost point of the sword has a special device for extinguishing wind loads.

Assembling of the Motherland Monument
Assembling of the Motherland Monument

Two unique elevators - sloping and vertical - were installed inside the sculpture. There is a panoramic view area for visitors at the level of 36 meters. The condition of each structure is constantly monitored by scrupulous geodesy inspections. Regular annual inspections are performed to identify any deviations from a dynamic balance. According to conclusions of leading experts, the Motherland Monument should serve for more than 150 years.

The schematic of construction of the Motherland Monument
The schematic of construction of the Motherland Monument

The sculpture, like the whole Memorial, is a unique and complex mechanism. The sculpture was numerously featured in many different ratings.

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