He obtained this material from his family (he has two daughters and two granddaughters), but he also finds it in the garbage or gets it offered by friends or people who know about his activities.
In an interview with a local newspaper he said that he refers to his collection as the museum of the national disgrace of household waste.
Shuvalov’s embellished garden is located at the end of a street in a relatively idyllic, wooded area of the old town, where one can enjoy views of the river Oka. The site is endowed with trees and shrubs that are used to attach toy animals, dolls and other decorations.
Apart from the toys the garden also has a lot of typical decorative elements -as shown left in below picture- consisting of circular discs from wood or other material, strung together and interspersed with oblong narrow strips. The items with the strips are made from aluminum (beer) cans. The top of such a can is removed and then the cylindrical middle part is cut into strips which are folded outwardly.
It’s a simple but effective way of making decorations. These items can be seen everywhere in the garden and around the house.
The interior of the house is also packed with objects and the walls inside are completely filled with pictures and decorations.
* Article (august 3, 2014) in newspaper Патриоты Нижнего
¹ This weblog has two other examples of sites decorated with toys: the one by Cyril Roussel and the one by Francis Barale; both sites do not exist anymore
Aleksey Ivanovich Shuvalov