UMMC erects bronze miner statute in honor of Metallurgist Day
The bronze statue, which depicts a miner holding a torch, took three months to create. Yekaterinburg sculptor Gevorg Gervorkyan erected the life-size statue from one 16-tons rock which contained copper, furnished by Gaisky GOK, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.
The monument is backlit from the bottom up, so visitors to UMMC park can see it even at night. A plaque installed at the base of the statue reads, "July 7: Founded in 1854 the first copper mines, transformed in 1946 into the city Pyshma," according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.
Metallurgist Day was approved by the government of the USSR in 1957 and falls each year on the third Sunday of July, Steelmaker reports.
Metallurgy is a fundamental industry to the Russian economy and constitutes approximately five percent of the country's GDP. Moreover, the metallurgical industry represents approximately 18 percent of Russian industrial production and 14 percent of the country's exports.
Russia is currently fourth-largest producer of steel in the world, behind China, Japan and the United States. Third in world tube and pipe manufacturing, Russia is also the world's second largest aluminum producer. It is the world leader in nickel production and exports and second in titanium production, according to Steelmaker.
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