Located in a quite, but seemingly expansive forested park in Leniskij Rajon, is a series of monuments constructed primarily for the commemoration of WWII, but also a few smaller monuments for other wars. I entered from the side with a sculpture resembling a small church. Wandering through various depths of snow covering all of the paths felt like navigating a maze. One just needed to follow the lines of pines to eventually stumble upon a new destination point within the park. Along the way we encountered a multitude of homemade bird feeders with small birds feasting. The one photoed below is a simple readymade from a shopping bag and was filled with old bread ends.
The first clearing we stepped into was designed with two parallel rows of large concrete podiums separated by a thick line of pines. These concrete horizontal slabs showcased military vehicles and equipment from WWII including planes, machine guns and tanks. While there, workers for the city were shovelling the footpaths in front of these monuments and to my surprise for a greater number of visitors than I would expect on a snowy February. A few families with small children, also some older couples, possibly just enjoying the clean white blankets draping the grass and trees on a Saturday morning or stopping by to pay respect to a departed family member.
Approaching the opposite end of the park stood the wall-like monument for the deaths in WWII. One entered from the trees again into a large clearing, something that would better resemble a Square in the summer months. Before one stands a single row of white birches that jump out in high contrast to the dark cold rectangular plates stretching skyward behind them. Centered and in clear view is a stone cold weeping mother. Chiseled-in names of all of the men from Novosibirsk who were killed in WWII line each of these massive dark stone slabs beside her. As we circled around to the other side and down a few steps, a ceremony with what appeared to be a family was taking place with soldiers and the eternal flame.