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The couple from Moscow who visited Paris
Worker and Kolkhoz Woman is a sculpture of two figures with a sickle and a hammer raised over their heads. It is 24.5 meters (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 was originally created to crown the Soviet pavilion of the World's Fair. The organizers 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.
„ ... Having received the pavilion project, I immediately felt that the group should express, first of all, not the solemn character of the figures, but the dynamics of our era, that creative impulse that I see everywhere in our country and which is so dear to me. <...> [we] must convey the ideals of our worldview, the image of a man of free thought and free labour; we must convey all the romanticism and creative burning of our days."
Vera Mukhina, Architectural Newspaper, No. 12, 1938
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