In 1881, "The Tale of the Tula Oblique Left-Handed and the Steel Flea (Workshop Legend)" by Nikolai Leskov was first published. The story tells how a simple craftsman Lefty forged a flea made by English artisans, outstripping many of their skills.
Pride for the ingenuity of people, captured in the story, fell in love with readers and became a symbol not only of Tula artisans. This is a kind of symbol for the Russian craftsmen who have been famous for our land at all times. More than a century later, in 1989, Bronislav Krivokhin created a monument to Levsha, which today stands in the historical part of Tula, on the banks of the Upa River, as a symbol of Russian artisans.
The bronze figure of the Lefthander is simple and concise. The author was able to clearly convey the image of a working Russian man. He is short, stocky, he has muscular arms, a strong torso. The wide chest is slightly covered with a special working apron. In his left hand he holds a hammer, as a symbol of labor.
The lefty is shown at the moment of admiring the finished work. His head is slightly raised, his gaze is directed to his right hand, in the palm of which is a savvy miracle. And although the flea is not visible, we know for sure what is in the hands of the master.
The sculptor managed to create a textured simple face: an open forehead, curly hair, a straight nose, a slightly heavy chin, characteristic of the Tula artisans. The nature of the eyes, their expression is clear and vibrant, it is felt that the eyes really see the created miniature masterpiece. The unique facial expression conveys the internal state of the hero. The whole figure exudes positive, contentment, pride.
The Lefthander Monument is located on a two-meter high. The pedestal is made in the form of a hexagon, similar to some kind of fastener. Each side is decorated with a quote, including from the story of Leskov.
Picture of Levitan Over Eternal Peace