2022-04-08 00:11:46«Shevchenko's monument» - Kharkiv
"I hope I can see the statue as it was in peace."
A POET IN KHARKIV
Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine has been the target of intense Russian bombardment for weeks. This has led authorities and residents in the city to take action to protect the statue of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko with a huge mountain of sandbags.
Shevchenko is known as "the national poet of Ukraine" and one of the fathers of the country's literature, as a result his statue is a significant symbol for the city.
ONE OF SYMBOLS OF KHARKIV AND ITS MAIN ATTRACTIONS IS THE MONUMENT TO THE OUTSTANDING UKRAINIAN POET AND WRITER, ARTIST TARAS SHEVCHENKO
The statue of Kobzar is full of dynamic. Laconic forms represent the style of constructivism. Exaggerated folds of clothing, work with large planes create the effect of power and fight. The sculptures surrounding the pedestal are made of dark bronze and are two times smaller than the figure of Shevchenko. According to author’s idea, this composition should be viewed from a small distance, starting with “Catherine” and then move counter-clockwise.
Let’s divide all the figures into three sketches.
The first is a collection of "rebellious" characters from Taras Shevchenko’s works. This includes 'Kateryna’ from the poem with the same name (‘peasant with a baby’, symbolizing the image of a single mother), "Dying Gaydamak", "Gaydamak with a scythe", "Tearing shackles" from the poem "Haydamaky" telling about events of Cossack peasant uprising in 1768 in Right-Bank Ukraine, "Bound Zaporozhets", "Peasant Woman", "bearing a millstone", "soldier-recruit".
The second figure includes participants of the Russian Revolution: "Worker with a flag", "Student", "Worker with a rifle", "Sailor", "Red Army soldier".
The third represents the changes occurred after the revolutions in the Soviet Union: "The peasant", "Miner", "Woman with a book".
And finally we have to mention that every year the number of Kharkovians is growing more and more. Why would we mentioned this, you may ask? The fact is that every visitor of the ensemble tries to find (and finds?) the hidden tractor wheel from first farms between the statues of the ensemble. They say that the one who is able to find the wheel will find his/her soul mate and remains in Kharkov permanently.
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Taras Shevchenko's poem «Calamity Once More!» («Мій Боже милий, знову лихо!») — English and Irish translation by Gabriel Rosenstock
Taras Shevchenko's poem "Naimechka or The Servant" (translated from Ukrainian by Alexander Jardine Hunter)