Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Enema of the People

Unlike the old Soviet Union, Russia nowadays is trying for the tourist trade.  While Moscow and St. Petersburg are major destinations, and Volvograd is sometimes managed by tourists primarily because of the Stalingrad battle site and the huge statue of Mother Russia, there are many places that have a struggle for identity, a reason for strangers to go there.  Part of the problem is the sameness of the old Soviet architectural style, if you are loose enough to call it that.

The Mashuk-Akva Term Spa in Zhelenovodsk. Russia wanted to put itself on the map as the last word in Russian spas.  They had constructed an 800-pound monument to the enema, featuring a giant enema bulb supported by three putti!  Needless to say, this questionable monument made the news!

It's a definite opportunity to pose next to, especially for groups.   The artist must have had a large sense of humor! 


Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Now that is stranger than Enterprise's boll weevil monument!

TexWisGirl said...

wow. um, no thanks.

Linda Kay said...

Where on earth do you find these things?? I think I would not be particularly fond of posting with this item. Thanks for sharing!

John A Hill said...!

MarkD60 said...

It looks like one of those syringes that comes in an ear wax removal kit.

Mike said...

Someone will try and mount that thing one of these days. Then it will really be in the news.

Bilbo said...

Is "putti" the plural of "Putin?" It seems appropriate that it be so, as they're clearly prepared to ... um ... stick it to someone, probably Ukraine.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Elvis, now that is strange!

TexWisGirl, not for me either.

Linda Kaye, strangely, in the Woman's Home Journal

John Hill, my thoughts too!

Mark D60, it's for another orifice!

Mike, someone, some day will try.

Bilbo, Vlad might find it useful. Putti are naked little boys sometimes used as a motif in Renaissance art.

I hope no one was offended by this quirky find.

Grand Crapaud said...

Talk about a cheap thrill!

Anonymous said...

those are nice looking laydees posing with it - making it, - in my book - a winner.

Meredith said...

That bronze is unforgettable, at least.