“Shkolnitsa” monument installed by Pobedy prospekt children’s park entrance in Penza
Penza, 10 June 2016. PenzaNews. The “Shkolnitsa” monument that had been previously installed on Moskovskaya street in Penza in August-December 2015 has been moved to a children’s park in the Arbekovo residential area on Friday, June 10.
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The monument is now installed on the lawn to the right of the park entryway, where it became a point of great attention by adults and children alike.
The return of “Shkolnitsa” after more than 6 months of disappearance ended up being a notable event in the city’s social life: it spawned many publications in the social networks and a number of visits by journalists immediately after reappearing.
Even after the lengthy disappearance, the monument experienced no changes: in particular, the defective sculptural work next to its left eye was not fixed over the months in storage.
As PenzaNews reported earlier, the “Shkolnitsa” monument was met with questionable reaction – from positive to greatly negative – from the city public shortly after its first appearance on the streets.
On 28 August 2015, a group of eight journalists signed an appeal to the Penza city head VIctor Kuvaytsev and the then Penza city mayor Yuri Krivov with a request to move “Shkolnitsa” from Moskovskaya street to the offices of the company “Alex-M” that the monument is designed to represent.
In September, the Penza city head Victor Kuvaytsev addressed a reply the appeal, which informed them that that “Shkolnitsa” would be removed from Moskovskaya street and later installed at a different location.
After the cold spell in mid-November, active Penza citizens showed their care to “Shkolnitsa” by covering her with a red coat, which was soon complimented by a hand-knitted black cap hat.
The monument was removed from its original location on 1 December 2015.
In the morning of 10 June 2016, an Internet user published a video that depicted the “Shkolnitsa” monument riding in the back of a truck. Later on, it was followed by the information that the monument would be installed at the children’s park.