Renowned Soviet-era statue back in view

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Posted: Dec 04, 2009 12:30 PM

A gigantic sculpture that is one of the most admired examples of Soviet socialist realism is back on view in Moscow after six years of restoration.

The stainless-steel sculpture, called "Worker and Collective Farm Woman," was unveiled Friday in a nighttime ceremony with fireworks attended by thousands.

The 24.5-meter (80-foot) sculpture depicts the two figures striding forward purposefully, their raised arms holding a hammer and sickle to replicate the Communist symbol. The worker's sash and the woman's skirt float behind them, as if they were moving at high speed.

The 72-year-old sculpture by Vera Mukhina stands on a new 34.5-meter (112-foot) pedestal, which is to house a museum, at an entrance to the All-Russia Exhibition Center, itself a renowned collection of Stalin-era buildings.