Significant events in the Soviet Union where celebrated on a grand scale. Lenin’s 100th birthday was thought of as a significant event. Factories and building sites reported ahead of schedule when the day came close. People of art wrote songs and poems. Weavers sewn carpets with Lenin’s image on them, artists drew monumental paintings. A young artist by the name of Y. Neroda made a medal with an image of Lenin’s head on it, and it received the first state award during an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and other art works that timed to that event. It was then exhibited in Montreal, where N.B. Pivovarov, the chairman of Council of Ministers of Buryat ASSR, saw it. Upon returning from the trip, Pivovarov proposed a monument based on the medal to be sculptured on one of the meetings. The project was approved. Lenin was traditionally portrayed full-length at the time.
«The leader is the head! We left the most important part of his image in!»
So the design was approved, and no money was spared for its construction. The biggest depiction of V. Lenin’s head in the world was shown in Ulan-Ude in 1971. Its size is astonishing: 7,7 meters in height, 4,5 meters in width, weighed at 42 tons. The head was cast on the experimental factory of art casting in Mytishchi. The two halves of the head were transported to Ulan-Ude via railroad. They were then conjoined on a granite monument. Its own height is 6,3 meters. And so it stands, attracting tourists. People often take photos in front of it, and they return home with a piece of Buryat history.