The sculpture garden of the Odessa Literary Museum is a phenomenon that knows no peers. The sculpture garden conveys a unique look standing on the ancient earth, but always young of Odessa, a city that has absorbed the traditions of two great cultures and illuminate them a Sunny smile. The sculpture garden of the Odessa literary Museum is the exhibition of contemporary sculpture, made in many different artistic directions, from traditional to very non-standard. This attraction of Odessa is unique – there aren’t anywhere else in the world. Today you can see over a dozen sculptures.

The composition of “The Abduction of Europe” was a gift to Odessa by its bicentennial and was built in September 1994 by the architect V.N. Chepelev and sculptor A.P. Tokarev. Sculpture was made by the initiative of the Kievskiy district oyaf Odessa. “Architecture – artistic composition “Abduction of Europe” is located at the address: Odessa, Fontanska road.

Perhaps there is a small amount of citizens of the former Soviet Union, which, if they have not read the novel “The Twelve Chairs”, at least not watched the film on the product of I. Ilf and E. Petrov, two humorists-citizens of Odessa. Their real names – Jehieli Leib Arevich Fainzilberg (1897-1937) and Yevgeny Petrovich Kataev (1902-1942) – brother of V.Kataev, another well-known writer of Odessa. Probably, it is not necessary to repeat the content of the novel and the major milestones of the adventures of Ostap Bender. Monument to the 12th chair was opened April 1, 1999. Architect – M.Reva. It should be noted that the monument is located on the smallest square in the world, the square of Ostap Bender. At the height of the tourist season we can see the huge queue near the monument. People wishing to take a picture on it, because, as saying, “chair” brings good luck and financial prosperity.


Monument looks like an orange with the slice taken out. But residents of Odessa called the monument as a “Monument to a bribe”. And not without reason. Here is the story, which officially stands behind the monument.
In 1796, Catherine II, «mother» of Odessa, died. Her son Paul I, as you know, did not liked his mother. As soon as he came to power, he zealously became to do everything bloody-minded despite the fact that she was not able to see it anymore. It seemed that he set out to spoil all the achievements of Catherine. In particular, the construction of a new city and a port on the Black Sea was frozen …
Legend tells how clever Odessans have decided to woo Paul – they decided to appease his tasty. The city magistrate ruled: “Thinking about opening of the present spring navigation, we should expect a quick arrival of fruits to the local port and in the expression of the court of His Imperial Majesty from the inhabitants of this city we decided that the first batch must be presented to the Emperor … so once the ships with the best oranges come into the city, we choose three thousand of the best varieties of oranges and arrange them by the magistrate to send our gift to the emperor… “
This plan worked brilliantly. Paul relented and agreed to the allocation of 250 thousand rubles for the development of the port. The city was saved! Thus, Odessa redeemed itself with a bribe of 3,000 oranges.
Initially the monument was erected on the Lanzheronovskaya street, upstream of the yellow pavement, but matching the style of the surrounding buildings it became big issue in the eyes of many citizens of Odessa. Perhaps that is why it was eventually moved to the far less crowded and beautiful place, where he stands now. In 2007 the monument was moved to the Boulevard of Arts (now Zhvanetskogo Boulevard).
Monument was opened on 2 September 2004 on the day of the city. Sculptor – A.V.Tokarev architect V.L.Glazyrin (the same as previously created monuments to Utochkin, Vera Holodnaya and Utesov).

The monument was unveiled in the City Garden in February 14, 2006 – in the day of lovers, St.Valentine’s day. Author of the composition was the sculptor M.Reva.
Three-meter composition weights a ton and has the form of a tree, the crown of which resembles a heart. On patinated bronze crown, like ripe fruit, act boldly 210 polished to a high gloss bronze hearts, – the number of years of the city Odessa (remember that Odessa was founded in 1794). Several hearts fell to the ground and lie at the base of the trunk. The sculptor explained the meaning of the composition: “a tree – it is the basis of life: its roots – is the past, the crown – is nowadays.” On a tree trunk we can see one word written in 65 languages ​​ – “love.”
As new-born legend, if a couple in love, holding hands, touches the trunk of the tree, their love will be strong as bronze.

Monument “The Golden Child” was made by the famous sculptor Ernst Neizvestniy and became his gift to Odessa. It was opened in 1995 in front of the Maritime Station. The monument symbolizes the tree, the fruit of which is a child. Locals, as usual in Odessa, gave the monument another name – it is called a “kinder-surprise” there. It needs to get used to the monument, as well as to the person. And this miracle baby became beloved and now treated with sympathy. And, as just noticed, there are similarities with the Buddha – a baby has stunning face which shines by the peace and tranquility. If you do not believe – come, and look closely.

One block from the monument to Vera Holodnaya, on the square named by her, located an unusual monument. Two boys swinging on board there. They are the heroes of the autobiographical novel “White Sail Lone” written byOdessa famous writer Valentin Kataev (1897-1986). The writer lived in Odessa at the “Kanatnaya – angle of Kulikovo field” (as in the story Gavrik told this his mother). One hundred years ago he ran these streets, particularly perhaps for this area, which was then called the Policeiskaya (same as the street Bunin, located nearby). It is necessary to re-read this story, to experience the atmosphere of the pre-revolutionary Odessa. Even though it was communistic. But this is also our history.
The monument was unveiled in 1988. The sculptor – N.I.Stepanov. The idea of ​​a monument came to the sculptor in 1965when he has devoted to the plans of the writer, he showed him the sketches and photographs of models, which he fully endorsed. This monument was one of the last monuments erected in Odessa in the Soviet era.

The bronze sculpture was unveiled at the seaport in 2002 during the celebration of the City Day, which is celebrating in Odessa on September 2. Sculptor – A.Tokarev.
The sculpture depicts a graceful young woman who held in hands a child and stands on the parapet. Figures slightly larger than real people. Both mother and child peering out to sea, waiting for the return of the ship, which went into the sea with their husband-father-sailor. Openwork metal parapet (which is a part of the pier Marine Station at the same time), covers bronze figures put forward by the main fence line, making the illusion that they are standing on the balcony. The parapet is decorated with floral ornament and emblem of the city Odessa, in the lower part here is the speaker which broadcasts the songs about Odessa and the sea. The edge of the pier, on which the sculpture located, decorated in the form of nasal marine vessel.

Bronze Aunt Sonya in a wide hat, apron, pressing her hand with a bunch of fish “bichki” to the heart, stands the heart of a fish end in the new building of the “Privoz” market. It’s simply impossible to walk past it and do not notice.
“I had the idea to create Aunt Sonya a long time before the restoration of the “Privoz”, – said the author, sculptor Igor Ivchenko. – I decided to imagine the fisherwoman Sonia when she is retired. Here she came to “Privoz” not just to sell the fish, but also to see some people and mostly to be seen by herself. This is a unique monument of Odessa grandmothers, on which is our civilization stands and, of course, Odessa as well. They brought their grandchildren, and those kids grew up to the people which glorified our city. In order to precisely depict the image, I went on the “Privoz”, collected images of the vendors, photographed them. When the sculpture was just brought to the fish end, it was surrounded by a saleswoman and they started to talk about which of them looks more like the monumental Aunt Sonya.
The authors of the sculptures, which opened in fish end of the “New Privoz” became Igor Ivchenko and Hilarion Stadnik. The sculpture is set in the heart of the shopping pavilion and was open with the last building of the “New Privoz” in 2006.

David Gotsman monument – is a bronze sculpture dedicated to a collective image of Odessa policeman of postwar period, set at the main gate of the building of the regional Department of Internal Affairs. The idea of ​​creating the monument was born after the television series “Liquidation”, the protagonist of which – David Gotsman – became the prototype for the sculpture.
The prototype was the famous image of a criminal investigator in postwar Odessa named David Kurland. He was the prototype of David Gotsman – the hero of the series “Liquidation”, filmed in Odessa in the Summer of 2006.
The author of the sculpture, Alexander Tokarev, told that he tried to go out from the image of cinema-Gotsman and with the serial in general. There was, in his words, and a particular real prototype, embodied in a collective manner. Series “Liquidation”, according to the sculptor, was the impetus for the creation of a monument to the Odessa policemen.
The opening ceremony of the monument took place on 14 December 2008.