The mini-sculpture was opened on February 7, 2015. It became the thirteenth in Uzhgorod. The sculpture was made in the form of two metal fish on a pole. These two fish symbolize the river Uzh and its arm Small Uzh, and their shiny scales are a symbol of the brilliant river waves. Set this mini-masterpiece on the street near the alley Fidenza Mustard seed (GPS: 48.625091, 22.298392). Historians believe that it was in this place in 1930 that the channel of the Small Uzh began to be filled in, as a result of which it disappeared.
Embodied the intention of the sculptor of Michael Block in the metal is known to Uzhgorod Smith Basil Krivanich. This time the material for the sculpture was not bronze, and stainless steel. According to Vasily Krivanich “stainless steel” for sculpture made by special Forging technology.
The current riverbed of the Uzh is partially artificial, laid in 1333. Few people know that before 1936, the city had another “river” – a tributary of the river Uzh, which was called the Small Uzh. It flowed in the streets Podhradsky and Fedyntsya and fell into a Snake near the modern Pushkin square. From the 17th century until the 1930s, the Mal Uzh was an extremely important waterway of the city. On it functioned mill eight millstones, built in 1796. The second name of the Small Uzh – Mlynsky canal-comes from this mill. Thanks to this waterway, the city became the commercial center of the region, since along with the “big” river, the castle mountain turned Into an island, making this part of the city and the castle inaccessible to enemies.
Maly Uzh until 1936 was completely placed under the ground in steel pipes with a diameter of 3 meters.
Nadezhda Popadyuk tells an interesting legend about the mini-sculpture “Small Uzh” in her book “Uzhgorod – the world capital of mini-sculptures”. According to this legend, the pipe in which the Small snake Was “imprisoned” still hides a huge fish-snake Uzhserpente, which used to live in the moat Uzhgorod castle, and now protects the inhabitants of the city from enemy attacks. A local sculptor placed a mini-sculpture of fish-children Uzhserpente, as a reminder that when they are angry, they are able to break the pipe with the water of the Small Uzh and flood the city.
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