On June 12, 1996, the Mask of Sorrow monument commemorating all the victims who suffered and died in the political purges of the 1930-50s was inaugurated in Magadan on the Krutaya Sopka hill. The monument was designed by the sculptor Ernst Neizvestny and the architect Kamil Kazaev.
The monument is a cast-in-place concrete structure 15 meters high. Eleven concrete blocks bearing the names of the most terrible forced-labor camps in Kolyma (Butygychag, Maldyak, Elgen, Serpantinka, Dneprovskiy, Kinzhal) were installed on the front of the monument, Symbols of all religions were carved in the stones surrounding the stairs to the next landing.
The Mask of Sorrow combines the sculptural features of classicism and abstractionism. On the left side of the Mask, the sculptor has portrayed a hemisphere of the human brain, the memory block. The Mask's forehead, nose, and eyebrows form a cross, and the left eye cries a tear depicting human heads. The empty eye socket on the right contains an improvised bell underneath which is the inscription of inmate number 937. On the reverse side of the Mask is a non-canonical crucifixion and a sculpture of a young woman crying, both made from bronze and symbolizing suffering and sorrow.
|Address:||Magadan Oblast, Magadan, Krutaya Sopka|