Unlike cities in the East Ukraine, Kiev didn’t suffer much during the war and had enough time to protect sculptures, monuments and other cultural objects.

I checked some – many monuments have been covered with sandbags, few were put into boxes, but some left unprotected. Someone had removed Hedgehog in the Fog fragile sculpture:

Now – “gone to defend the ho:meland”

Other creatures continue to live in the streets:

“In case of danger I can climb up the tree!”
I can run away!”

Sculptures cut out of dead trees, naturally, remain in their places:

Kurgan stelae near The National Museum of the History of Ukraine:


Samson and lion, the oldest city fountain (XVIII st.):

Before. This small lion always seemed funny to me.

Pronya Prokopivna and Holokhvastov Monument:

Now. They may relax for a while, no one will rub them for luck at least in the nearest months

Gogol at Andrew’s descent:


Bulgakov near his home at Andrew’s descent:


Nobody cares about the monument of civil war red commander Shchors:

Someone wrote “hangman” at the monument. Actually Shchors’ carrier in Red army was short, his image was formed much later by soviet propaganda.

Svyatoslav, the last non-Christian ruler of Kiev, is also unprotected. He looks mighty:

Probably these two riders are too much cool to be damaged by bombs and rockets.  


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2 thoughts on “Cultural objects in Kiev streets and their protection

  1. There’s so much right here. The sense of levity in “gone to defend the homeland”. And thank you for the link to Kurgan stelae. I didn’t know about them. Cut from dead trees makes me think of Indigenous North American totem poles. People all across the globe share so much. Take care.

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