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DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for MundialyaMaria Granichnova / Vkontakte.ru St. Petersburg. Cat Monument

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for MundialyaMaria Granichnova / Vkontakte.ru St. Petersburg. Cat Monument

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for MundialyaSt. Petersburg. Monument to the cat on the Konnogvardeisky boulevard. Photo: Natalia Smirnova /

The cat on the Konnogvardeisky boulevard, in front of the Manezh building, is the third on the account of Vigenya Melnikova. Before that, Melnikov created a hooligan, also a metal cat of Vasily on Yakubovich Street and a shadow composition "A Cat over Leningrad" on Liteiny Prospekt. The new monument is the largest street cat sculpture in Russia and Europe.

The monument appeared with the support of the famous kotokafe "Republic of cats". He was dedicated to the opening World Cup and St. Petersburg cat day, which was held on June 9. The company to the new huge iron cat was 32 painted cardboard cats, according to the number of teams participating in the championship.

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

Maria Granichnova / Vkontakte.ru St. Petersburg. Cat Monument

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

St. Petersburg. Monument to the cat on the Konnogvardeisky boulevard. Photo: Natalia Smirnova /

The cat on the Konnogvardeisky boulevard, in front of the Manezh building, is the third on the account of Vigenya Melnikova. Before that, Melnikov created a hooligan, also a metal cat of Vasily on Yakubovich Street and a shadow composition "A Cat over Leningrad" on Liteiny Prospekt. The new monument is the largest street cat sculpture in Russia and Europe.

The monument appeared with the support of the famous kotokafe "Republic of cats". He was dedicated to the opening World Cup and St. Petersburg cat day, which was held on June 9. The company to the new huge iron cat was 32 painted cardboard cats, according to the number of teams participating in the championship.

True, immediately see in the new sculpture something football and even the usual cat’s is not easy. In some angles, a fantastic animal is more like a Baskervillian dog than a cute kitty. The cat seems to be clothed in tin armor, and his face just peeps out from under them. Hence the name proposed by the townspeople for the monument – DonKiKot. Or Murdial, since the cat will become a kind of symbol of the 2018 World Cup.

The extravagant monument caused controversial and even angry responses – many were simply frightened of the "monster" and resented its appearance, too avant-garde for classical Petersburg. However, you should not be frightened, even if such an art is not at all to your liking. The cat will stay at the Manege for only a month, until July 15, and then it will be sent to Vsevolozhsk, to the Cat Museum.

DonKiKoot for MundialyaSt. Petersburg. Monument to the cat on the Konnogvardeisky boulevard. Photo: Maria Granichnova /

The creator of the monument, Vilyeny Melnikov, is a truly modern sculptor. In addition to art education, he received serious engineering training in the Rostov Academy of Agricultural Machinery and many practical craft skills, which helps him to maintain his own unique style. In St. Petersburg, he founded the studio of experimental art and design "Ofely Art" and started creating impressive original installations, static and kinetic sculptures.

DonKiKoot for Mundialya

St. Petersburg. Installation of the "Flight of Thought" by Vigenya Melnikova on the beach near the Peter and Paul Fortress. Photo: Studio OfelyArt /

How Melnikov’s projects look in space can be seen not only in St. Petersburg, but also in the village of Istye in the Kaluga region, in front of the Art Museum of Garbage Artmuma. Melnikov created for the museum an elegant, despite the huge size, again a 6-meter-tall sculpture of a cow.

DonKiKoot for MundialyaKaluga region. Art museum of the "Art-mumu". Sculpture of Vigenya Melnikova. A photo:

The cow’s frame is made of metal debris, inside it is filled with plastic debris. At the output – art, literally created from waste.

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