Monument to Gaidai
The monument to Leonid Gaidai is a sculptural composition based on the scene from the Russian film "The Caucasian Captive". The monument consists of two sculptural groups: the first depicts the iconic scene from the film with Trus, Balbes and Byvaly, the main characters, and the second represents the film director L. Gaidai himself, guiding the filmmaking process, and Barbos, the famous movie dog. The monument was erected on the square of Labor near the Irkutsk circus. The authors of the monument were Alexander Mironov, Lev Serikov and Sergei Demkov. On October 10, 2012, the grand opening was held involving city administration, theater and film actors V. Lanovoy, V. Zolotukhin and Sv. Svetlichnaya.
The figure of Gaidai, twice height of a film director, is 3.4 meters tall, the main characters are 2.5 meters tall, its weight is more than 5 tons, the construction cost is 19.5 million rubles. According to the sculptor, the monument is made passable through to let people feel like they are on a film set.
The monument was erected to mark 90-th anniversary of the great director, who was born and raised in Irkutsk. In 1947, he graduated from the theatrical school at the Irkutsk Regional Drama Theater. After two years of work, Gaidai entered the directing faculty of VGIK. In 1955, he finished his graduation and started working at the Mosfilm studio.