Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices

Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices is a group of sculptures created by Russian artist Mihail Chemiakin

Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices
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The sculptures are located in a park in Bolotnaya Square, Balchug, 2000 feet south of the Moscow Kremlin behind the British Ambassador's residence.

Chemiakin said that, ' ... was conceived and carried out by me as a symbol and a call to fight for the salvation of present and future generations'.

The sculptures are of 13 bronze figures, which depict adult vices, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, and prostitution, that affect children.

The figures are perceptibly closing in on two unaware playmates, a girl and a boy, with the centrepiece figure being 'Indifference'.

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The sculpture was commissioned by then-Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and sponsored by the state-owned oil company Rosneft.

It was unveiled in 2001 amid some controversy. Some Muscovites worried that the graphic imagery would frighten children.

Children are the Victims of Adult Vices, Bolotnaya Square, Moscow

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Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices
Russian: Дети — жертвы пороков взрослых

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free

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  • 9:00-21:00

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Bolotnaya Square, Moscow