“News About Sputnik” Sculpture Carved by master V. A. Reshetnikov from Tobolsk, 1950s This expressive carving is dedicated to the global sensation: the launch of the first Earth satellite in 1957 by USSR. A team of reindeer are floating over the endless snow desert. In the sled, pulled by the fast triplet (troika), there were two people, hurrying ahead, to pass on the delightful news: The Soviet Union had launched the first satellite into the space! The bone carver most likely imagined that those two were the first ones in their far-off land, who received the telegram carrying the “cosmic” news and were hurrying to bring this news to their neighbours. It is a simple scene, but sculpted with such a feeling and grace, that it arouses the heartiest of emotions. The world's first satellite was launched by the USSR on October 4, 1957 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Starting on this date, the Space Age began and the Russian word “sputnik” readily made it into all the languages of the world! The sputnik looked like a ball (sphere) of 58 centimetres in diameter and weighed 83.6 kilograms. Sputnik PS-1 “News About Sputnik” is a striking example of the fusion of Tobolsk bone carving school and principles of socialist realism which profoundly influenced its style. Craftsmen came to know of the “new trends” in the 1930s, when Siberia was actively developed. The craft itself flourished again in the city of Tobolsk during the second half of the 19th century when bone carvers mainly engaged in the making of utensils such as knives, jewellery boxes and brooches. It took them a while before they “matured” enough to be able to create social realism-inspired sculptures depicting historical figures and their contemporaries. Tobolsk The Soviet Union had launched the world's first satellite into space!