‘Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices’ may be the most striking monument you have ever seen. Located across the river from the Kremlin, in Bolotnaya Square, it leaves no one indifferent.
The monument is represented by a group of bronze sculptures — two blindfolded playing children and thirteen allegories of human vices (alcoholism, drug addiction, sadism, violence, prostitution, etc.). The vices seem to be closing in on the yet innocent and unaware young things. The key sculpture of the composition is ‘Indifference’ which, when you come to think of it, is really the most dangerous vice that provokes the rest of them.
Created by sculptor Mihail Shemyakin, the monument was established in 2001 and since then has aroused quite a lot of controversy.
Some people are enraptured by the composition and consider it to be a masterpiece that makes you think and ask yourself questions. Others, on the contrary, tend to see the sculptures as monuments to vices themselves and call the composition ‘hideous’, ‘unpleasant to watch’ and even ‘dangerous for children’s mental health’.
So, as you can see, it’s a ‘love it or hate it’ case. Curious to know what emotions the sculptures will provoke in you?