On 7 May 2005, a day before the 60th Anniversary of the Great Victory and also the Day of Radio, North-West Telecom JSC unveils a memorial plaque. The inscription lettered in gold says: “In memory of the heroic deed of wiremen of 1941-45 from their grateful descendants on the 60th Anniversary of the Victory”.
More than 1.5 thousands employees of Leningrad Phone Network fought at the frontline and ensured communication in the siege Leningrad. Several hundreds of them gave their lives for the Victory. In memory of the heroic deed of our colleagues North-West Telecom decided to install a memorial plaque as an expression of gratitude to the people, who not only gave us blue sky and peace, but also all that knowledge that underlay the development of modern telecommunications.
The idea of North-West Telecom was to create a memorial that would be solemn and spectacular rather than sad, because it was to be unveiled on the eve and in commemoration of a great and holy day. The team of sculptors of ONI Design-Studio consisting of Denis Prasolov and Pavel Ignatyev used a creative approach to the company’s order. They used as a model for their bar-relief sculpture the most popular type of field telephone of the war time, which is now part of the collection of the Popov Central Museum of Communications.
The memorial plaque, which has a shape of a stele of more than 2 meters high and is made of marble, gold plating and bronze bas-reliefs, will be installed at the main staircase of the North-West Telecom Building at 24, Boshaya Morskaya. This location was chosen for a good reason: the communications company that occupies this building traces its history to the first Russian communications enterprise of 1880s.
The authors of the work are well known in St.-Petersburg. Their portfolio includes restoration and reconstruction of Baratt’s sculptures in the Summer Garden and the headstone of A.D. Vyalseva in Alexander Nevsky Laura, the memorial plaque for the 100th anniversary of Eugeny Schwarz and the sculpture of Unicorn located in the courtyard of the Philological Department of St.-Petersburg State University.