Worker and Kolkhoz Woman

Moscow, Russia

Worker and Kolkhoz Woman

Worker and Kolkhoznitza Woman (Russian: Рабо́чий и колхо́зница, tr. Rabóchiy i kolkhóznitsa) is a sculpture of two figures with a sickle and a hammer raised over their heads. It is 24.5 metres (78 feet) high, made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is an example of socialist realism in an Art Deco aesthetic. The worker holds aloft a hammer and the kolkhoz woman a sickle to form the hammer and sickle symbol.

The sculpture was originally created to crown the Soviet pavilion of the World's Fair. The organisers had placed the Soviet and German pavilions facing each other across the main pedestrian boulevard at the Trocadéro on the north bank of the Seine.

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