Because Saint Nicholas is the patron of all travelers and,
also, border guards, the Foundation of St. Nicholas the
Wonder-Worker is installing St. Nicholas monuments at various
places along Russia's frontiers for the project From
Kaliningrad to Chukotka. Cities, towns, and other
organizations have also installed Saint Nicholas sculptures.
The beautifully detailed bronze statues are the work of some
of Russia's most noted sculptors, including Gregor Potocki,
Sergei Isakov (10), Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Klykov, Alexander
Rukavishnikov, Raisa Lysenina, and Boris Sergeyev and Olga
Pankratova. The sculptures are up to 8 meters high, weighing up
to 6 tons. Sometimes they are air-lifted to remote locations and
lowered into position.
The Saint Nicholas monuments are intended to bring the
saint's protection to safeguard the spiritual and
geographical areas of the country from internal and external
threats. In addition Saint Nicholas, especially in Russia, is an
eternal symbol of Christian love, patience and service.
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