The statue in front of the Volgograd State University of Social Science and Pedagogy is in honour of the classic of socialist realism, Soviet writer Alexander Serafimovich, winner of Stalin Prize 1st Grade. It was erected in 1981 for the 50th jubilee of the university, which is named after the author of The Iron Flux. The granite and raised-copper bust was sculpted by Moisey Pavlovsky and architected by Vadim Maslyayev. The latter also designed the university building in 1952 in collaboration with Georgy Borisenko. The building is set a little back from the Prospekt Lenina (Lenina Avenue) main line. The front yard created as a result is usually filled with students.