The author of the monument is Vadim Tserkovnikov. According to the author’s conception the monument should depict the singer reclining, leaning against a huge tree torn out of the ground. The pose is the same as in the famous painting by Ilya Repin, the portrait unfortunately was lost. The lying tree symbolizes eternal peace and eternal memory as they are depicted in Polish tombstones. The torn out roots show that despite the emigration the great singer had never left Russia in his heart. The height of the monument with the pedestal is 2.5 meters.
The monument to Shalyapin was unveiled on July 30, 2003.
It was created on extra-budgetary funds and its installation wasn’t even coordinated with the city authorities and was made almost secretly - at night. The very composition and location of the monument caused mixed reactions in the society. Local residents don’t like “the pose” of the monument which looks like one of a drunk man. Someone even suggested to transfer it on the square in front of the Bolshoy Theater, but despite these disputes the monument looks rather appropriate on the place.