Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design, edited by Michael Idov and written by Bela Shayevich and a group of other essayists, offers a look at some of the most bizarre elements of Soviet design. One of these was the evolution of the hammer and sickle symbol from its agrarian roots into a space-age propaganda object, as seen above. Artist Vitaly Komar writes, "In the agitprop of the late 1950s and 1960s, the sickle's edge began lengthening until it resembled a comet's tail -- or a rocket's trail. Sometimes, at the very end of the edge, a hint of a 'head' appeared, perhaps denoting a spaceship. Also, unlike Lenin, Khrushchev wasn't worried about intimidating the world with thrusting objects. Erected in 1964 right next to the VDNKh grounds, the Monument to the Conquerors of Space was so openly phallic that Moscow cabbies took to calling it the 'Impotent's Dream.'"
Courtesty Vitaly Komar