Retired draws for villagers huge Christmas cards on ice
• Retired draws for villagers huge Christmas cards Ice
Paper card, email, post to social networks - opportunities to congratulate loved ones on the coming New Year myriad. A pensioner from the village of Markovo on the Amur River for five years sparing no effort to create original ice postcards, the likes of which - just do not look.
Valery Melnikov today - known personality. Artist in the village everyone knows, because ice postcards come to admire everything - from small to large. Retired happy about it, he said that the creation of these greetings have found the meaning of life for myself, so it feels useful, and rejoices that gives people positive emotions.
In everyday life, Valery Melnikov suffers from loneliness is probably why so cherished any attention. Of the relatives of a man only son, but they do not communicate with him.
Life Valery Melnikov there was not easy. He has always been a hard-working, active in the 1990s tried to develop their own small business. But fate had decided otherwise: Valery once lost all that he had, after survived meningitis and the subsequent heart attack. Complication of the disease, and a 10-day coma, leading to deafness. At the age of 47 years old Valery Melnikov ceased to hear and began to learn to live again in a world without sound.
At first tried to work, but quickly realized that in a city so difficult to live. The man took up any work, whether the collection of glass or metal, but all the money went to a treatment that at the same time did not bring results. In 2004, Valery buried his mother, then decided to leave the city and settle in her rural apartment. And now lives in Markovo. And five years ago, he came up with the idea to create ice greeting the New Year holidays. This labor-intensive process takes at least a month, and requires daily involvement. Postcard has to clear away the snow.
In the years of ice cards have become the hallmark of the village. The most expensive present for Valery by villagers turned out to be a collage of photos taken on the background of cards. However, there was in the village and the unpleasant incident: one day for fun kids threw snowballs frozen artist. In protest, Valery was closed for a few days at home, the picture began to crumble. We asked forgiveness whole village, went along with Valery on the ice and began to clear away the snow. Most of these incidents were not. Now everyone carefully and lovingly refers to ice card, and in the name of Valery Melnikov Markovo village council in the New Year greetings and gifts are flying around the country.
Portrait of Valery Melnikov.
Valery Melnikov daily clears the postcard.
Ice card from Valery Melnikov in the village of Markovo.