Lo­cal guide in­stalls ‘se­cret’ sculp­tures on Kyiv streets

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle -

You won’t find them in a guide­book. And, no big­ger than a soccer ball, they’re not so easy to spot on the streets ei­ther.

Seven bronze sculp­tures fea­tur­ing fa­mous sym­bols of Kyiv have been in­stalled around the cen­ter of the Ukrainian cap­i­tal as part of the Shukay (mean­ing “seek!” in Ukrainian) project.

Yu­lia Bevzenko, a blog­ger, tourist guide, and the ini­tia­tor of the project, says she in­stalled the sculp­tures to prompt Kyiv res­i­dents to walk around the city look­ing for them, to learn the his­tory be­hind them, and then to take for­eign guests on walk­ing tours.

The sculp­tures are a chicken Kyiv, a Kyiv ch­est­nut, a Kyiv cake, a Kyiv can­died fruit, a Kyiv car­riage, a Kyiv tram and a Kyiv brick or plinth brick — a type of brick used since an­cient times in churches and other old build­ings.

All of sculp­tures have QR codes on their info boards, which can be scanned to get more in­for­ma­tion about the ob­ject in English and Ukrainian.

Kyiv res­i­dents and vis­i­tors are al­ready on the hunt for the stat­ues.

Tat yana ana Sakach, an n HR man­ager with a Kyivbased compa- ny, took her friends from Spain to look for the stat­ues when they came to Ukraine’s cap­i­tal in late May for the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal match.

“It adds some­thing in­ter­ac­tive to the visit be­cause you can talk about the ob­ject, ob­ject,” Sakach says.

She also so at­tended ed the open­ing ng of the latest est sculp­ture — the plinth h brick — on June 8. Placed on a wall of a build­ing in Kyiv’s Podil district, the bronze plinth brick rick refers to wide and flat- baked brick that was used ed to build the Golden Gate, or Zoloti Vorota, and St. Sophia phia Cathe­dral in Kyiv.

While e Bevzenko is

the founder and driv­ing force be­hind the project, all of the sculp­tures were cre­ated by artists from the Gal­lenko Gallery, a sculp­ture stu­dio. Each statue was spon­sored by a Kyiv-based com­pany re­lated to the sub­ject of the sculp­ture. For in­stance, the plinth brick was fi­nanced by the con­struc­tion com­pany UkrBud.

The Kyiv cake sculp­ture was spon­sored by con­fec­tionery giant Roshen, which is owned by Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko. Kyiv cake is not only a tra­di­tional Kyiv treat, but also a trade­mark prod­uct of Roshen — the cake's recipe and pro­duc­tion method was cre­ated in 1956 at the Karl Marx Con­fec­tionary Fac­tory, now Roshen.

On the project’s web­site, Bevzenko has cre­ated an ac­com­pa­ny­ing “myth” for each statue. For ex­am­ple, those who touch the sculp­ture of the plinth brick will get a house.

Five more sculp­tures will be pre­sented by the end of 2018, Bevzenko says, but what these are is still a se­cret.

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Yu­lia Bevzenko (L), a blog­ger, tourist guide, and the ini­tia­tor of the Shukay project, poses for a pic­ture on June 8 near the bronze plinth brick sculp­ture — this type of brick has been used since an­cient times in churches and other old build­ings. Artist Ser­hiy Halenko (R) de­signed the sculp­ture. (Clara Mar­chaud)

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