• Improvement of public garden in Magnitogorsk

Year of project creation: 2016

Magnezit Group has finished works on improvement of the “Mir” public garden, undertaken as a token of appreciation of the decades of effective cooperation with personnel of the legendary “Magnitka”. This renovated garden, located near the cultural center of metallurgists named after Sergo Ordzhonikidze, was ceremonially opened after reconstruction shortly before the Day of Metallurgist, in the evening on July 14.

Now there are two sculptural compositions in that public garden, associated with the name of Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov. Also, the multicolored LED night illumination was installed under all mature trees in the garden. Besides, the street lightning system was completely replaced, which would allow city people to carry out cultural events not only during the daytime, but also in the evenings. The creative beaten floor lamps and garden furniture, installed in the garden, were made in Satka according to specially developed design.

The author of the improvement concept – Russian sculptor of monuments, architect, the Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation Ivan Korzhev. The central sculptural composition in the “Mir” public garden represents the stela with the sitting figure of Mikhail Lermontov. The words from his poem “The Confession” are inscribed on the stela. The back side of the stela bears the poet’s drawings, correlating with his writings, which were done by stencil carving on the metal. The separately installed composition of two stelae, also bearing drawings and poetry of Lermontov, were made using the similar technique.

The author and organizers of these improvement works are confident, that these sculptures will be recognized not only as a tribute to the memory of the great Russian poet, but will also serve as a motivation for the young people to study national history and literature. And the recreated and renovated public garden once again will become the favourite resting place for city people of Magnitogorsk and guests of this metallurgical capital of South Ural. “We really wanted to create something interesting and vivid, to add the feeling of colour and celebration to the city, and also to emphasize the indissociable connection of times and generations, to demonstrate our mutual forward-looking optimism”, — said the deputy general director of Magnezit Group Vasiliy Verzakov during the ceremonial opening. Also, he thanked the mayor of Magnitogorsk Vitaly Bakhmetiev and all who participated in reconstruction of the public garden for successfully finished team work.