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The big factory

Waits for your mother

The big factory waits

For your mother.

But in the kid’s garden

They’ve waited for you a while

They’ve waited for you a while

In the garden.


From far, far away,

The calling whistle can be heard:

“In the kid’s garden,

In the garden.”

The factory overlooks the children, and presumably the rest of the town, imposingly from the top right corner of the page. Life revolves around the factory for many of the workers and inhabitants of the town, so this is perhaps a strange placement for the factory considering its role as the foundation of the town. This placement may emphasize that the proletariat lead society through production in the factory, rather than through older, hierarchical systems where the wealthy rule at the top. Its appearance in the distance is also not unlike images of castles in fairytales of yore.

Children happily play in the green grass. The form is similar to Henri Matisse’s painting The Dance. The children appear to be cut from separate pieces of paper and pasted on in a collage-like style, also drawing upon Matisse’s work.

Henri Matisse, "The Dance," 1910


The child playing with the toy truck stands out as the only red child. The truck reminds us of the rapid industrialization the Soviet Union was undergoing during this time period, particularly within the transportation sector. The child is likely colored red and paired with the truck to emphasize his future role as an adult also further contributing to industrialization It also important to note that he is closer to the factory, and the toy truck is in the same size scale as the factory behind him, perhaps illustrating through play the development from childhood to a future as a working, laboring adult.

The small sliver of red in the grass, highlighting maybe foliage, balances the red on the page as well as serves as another reminder of the ubiquitousness of the color red and its associations with Soviet political ideology that likely made up a large portion of workers lives during this time period.