The “Guardians of Ukraine” open air museum project was implemented in Mariupol city (Eastern Ukraine) and Staryi Sambir town (Western Ukraine). A team of famous sculptors from different cities — Kyiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Olexandria, Kramatorsk, Mariupol — worked for a month in Mariupol workshops to create sheet metal sculptures. The weight of the sculptures ranges from 2 to 5 tons, the height ranges from 1.8 to 4 meters. Each sculpture symbolizes a guardian, which has protective abilities, makes the country invulnerable to threats, and brings peace and happiness. All sculptures are set up in the open air in Mariupol city and Staryi Sambir town. Together, the installations form an open air museum, “Guardians of Ukraine”. It is the first sheet metal sculpture installation in Ukraine. It is a unique art space as its boundaries stretch hundreds of kilometers from the Azov Sea to the Ukrainian-Polish border.

Metal installations reflect the diversity of Ukrainian culture, popularize the national traditions of visual art.

This single project combines two inalienable elements, which seem unconnected at first glance: the inspiration of visual artists and metal of the Mariupol steel plants, from which powerful defenses from the threat of war and enemy invasion were born.

The Mariupol installation of the open air museum took place on November 22, 2018. The Staryi Sambir installation was open on November 26, 2018.



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