There is an absurdist novelette by well-known Russian author Nikolay Gogol named “Nose”. It dates back to 1833 and tells a story of the free-walking nose of a civil servant. One morning Major Kovalev woke up with a perfectly flat face: his nose ran away from its “parent” and started living on his own, wandering around the streets of Saint-Petersburg and even making a more respectful career than poor Kovalev.
Both Gogolev and this exact story are very familiar to all Russians and since 1995 one of the houses at the crossroad of Voznesenskiy & Rimskiy-Korsakov prospects has this one and only Nose bas-relief. Why exactly this place? Because Major Kovalev is believed to have lived in this house (by the way the novelette contains plenty of city references).
Despite its solid 100 kilos weight this queer monument was once stolen and missed for nearly a year (2002-2003). Later on it was accidentally found at the stairs of a neighboring house.
Especially recommended for Russian literature lovers.
Major’s nose | Art & culture | Free
Voznesenskiy prospekt, d. 36/11
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