Giant Matryoshka dolls
Giant Matryoshka dolls was a part of a unique installation of Russian National Exhibition in Paris in 2010. The installation presented Russian folk art: Khokhloma, Gorodetsky and Mezensky painting, the northern birch bark, weaving, the art of lacquer painting – Mstera, Holuy and Palekh, decorative painting of Zhostovo, Dymkovo toys; Gzhel art and Vologda lace. Well-known and beloved Russian nesting dolls is a symbol of Russian culture. Matryoshka dolls are hand-made, on the production of each worked more than 15 artists. Each of the dolls’ height was from 6 to 13 meters. For the first time in such a grand scale was repeated ancient technique of creating matryoshka doll.
The large scale matryoshka nesting dolls were worth of Guinness Book of Records. By soaking wood, decorators sought precise curves and roundness. When installing the large dolls, the most modern lifting equipment was used. The author of the project – the talented artist and designer Boris Krasnov. The installation caused positive reviews of critics, as well as the approval of the Prime Ministers of Russia and France – Vladimir Putin and Francois Fillon. Everyone was able to appreciate this great project, later recreated under a huge glass dome in the center of Moscow. For almost two years on the top floor of the shopping center AFIMALL City, under a huge glass dome, you can see an exhibition of giant dolls.
The organic combination of well-known characters of Russian applied art, the grandeur and beauty of the installations, illuminated by daylight of the largest glass dome of an area of 10,000 square meters.
According to the Guinness book of records the largest set of Russian dolls is a 51-piece set hand-painted by Russian artist Youlia Bereznitskaia. The largest measures 1 ft 9.25 in (53.97 cm) in height, the smallest 0.125 in (0.31 cm). The set was completed on 25 April 2003. When all 51 pieces are lined up together touching, they measure 11 ft 2.25 in length. To break this record both the number of dolls in the set and the height of the tallest must be broken