Americans and Russians are celebrating the space achievements of each other’s astronauts and cosmonauts by becoming United In Space and through art, a far cry from the 1960’s Space Race and the Cold War.
Neil Armstrong Goes to Russia—
Sophya Tabarovsky, founder of the Houston nonprofit organization, Kindness Without Limits – Russian School of Houston, and Houston, Texas sculptor Bridgette Mongeon are working to raise funds from the American public to create and send a sculpture of Neil Armstrong as a gift from the American people to Russia. They are searching for others who are enthused about space, history, and the union of countries through space and art.
Native Russian, Ruslan Bayramov, president of the International Charity Public Fund, Dialog of Cultures – United World, has graciously provided a dedicated place on Russian soil for a sculpture of American space hero Neil Armstrong. The sculpture of Armstrong will be placed in Ethnomir – located close to Moscow.
The primary goal of the United in Space team and this website is the installation of the sculpture honoring Armstrong in Ethnomir in late 2014
Yuri Gagarin Comes to America—
The presentation by Russia of a sculpture of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, with an accompanying panel featuring John Glenn is what prompted Tabarovsky to pursue a reciprocated gift from America.
The sculpture of Gagarin and the panel of John Glenn on American soil was installed on October 15, 2012. Dialogue of Cultures – United World, donated the art. The final resting place for the celebration of these astronauts is outside the former NASA building at 2999 South Wayside in Houston, Texas.