The Motherland Calls

Nikolay Galkin/TASS
At the top is the 85-metre high "The Motherland Calls" sculpture. The sword that it wields connects the figure with two other monuments: “From the home front to the front” in Magnitogorsk, where a worker passes the sword to a soldier, and “Liberator” in Berlin’s Treptower Park, where a soldier holds the sword pointed towards the ground..

The hollow statue of the Motherland is made with reinforced concrete walls, weighs around 8,000 tons and stands on a pedestal that goes 16 metres (50 ft) underground. The reinforced concrete frame is made up of separate cells connected by wire ropes that are placed inside the sculpture and weigh 60 tons each. Special holes were made in the sword to decrease the wind pressure. Maintenance on the statue is carried out by industrial climbers. The highest view point available to people excluding service personnel (for example, photographers) is the outstretched arm of the statue.