I have been meaning to visit this fascinating park every since I first visited Moscow, and finally I did, I spent a good couple of hours wondering around there with my friend Justin and his son Louis. We arrived in the morning just before 10am and there were very few people around despite it being a wonderfully warm Moscow Spring morning.
I think before I came to the park I had expected it to be almost all former soviet statues from around Moscow, but it wasn’t, there were disappointingly few Soviet statues there, however there were many more modern sculptures there. I did come to the park with some intentions of doing parts of one or two of the exercises for my degree course, hence in some of the photos you will see some of the same shot taken in portrait and landscape orientations.
There are some great statues of Lenin in the historic section made from different materials, and sat in front of a huge Soviet-era metal Sculpture/Sign that seems to been in every photo I have every seen associated with this park. Unsurprisingly I guess there are only 2 statues of Stalin that I could see, one pretty big statue that had a vandalised face, and a bust of him (this of course might have been part of larger statue before being damaged). The more modern sculptures are actually well worth a look at, using a variety of materials, and a variety of subject matter, I would say the park is definately worth a visit, but don’t expect it to be completely full of soviet statues.