Zanzibar '14
Saint-Exupéry on Stamps Argentina '29
(Cinderellas - not postage stamps, not issued by Zanzibar)

Little Prince Statue in Abakan, Russia

(date first noted on the web)

About the sculpture:

adapted from

The Saint-Exupéry Little Prince Monument in Abakan

The Saint-Exupéry Little Prince monument in Abakan, Republic of Khakassia, Russia, by sculptor Andrey Murzin. A bronze sculpture dedicated to the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's character, "The Little Prince".

The sculpture "The Little Prince", by Russian sculptor Andrey Murzin of Krasnoyarsk, was unveiled in Abakan in July, 2013. It depicts Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince sitting on his planet, looking off into space, his scarf forever blowing in the wind. And in his hand... a rose.

The hollow bronze sphere resembles our moon, with its irregularities, craters and volcanoes. The Little Prince himself is cast in solid bronze. The entire composition weighs about a ton, and is set on a square granite pedestal.

As the sculpture is relatively small and inviting, it's not surprising that it has caused such excitement among the children. And, of course, a tradition has arisen... if you rub the Little Prince's shoe and make a wish, it will be granted.

The inscription on the sphere reminds passersby that we must be responsible for our world, for our planet, loved ones, and those we have tamed...

It's worth noting the great efforts that went into the creation of the monument. Of course, the creation of the sculpture itself, as with any sculpture, was extremetly time-consuming. To avoid any error, work began with a mock-up of the square, and a model made of special clay, less than 50 centimeters tall. The model was then adjusted to suit the precise details of the site, and then a life-size clay model was made, and then a plaster version. Only after that was it divided into sections and sent for casting in bronze.

The Little Prince's planet is a hollow bronze sphere resembling our moon, with its irregularities, craters and volcanoes.

The inscription on the monument includes translations of two well-known quotations from the text,

"What is essential is invisible to the eye."
L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.


"You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."
Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.



The sculpture was unveiled to journalists by Nicholas Bulakin, mayor of Abakan, on July 5, 2013.

The Little

Zanzibar '14
Saint-Exupéry on Stamps Argentina '29