Culture News Politics, 13/09/2017

Mural to Celebrate 25 Years of Friendship

The organizers of the contest for the best sketch design of a new mural dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Ukrainian-German diplomatic relations announced its results. 

The jury of the competition, which included officials and prominent culture and art figures from Germany and Ukraine, selected sketch “The Open Door” by Oleksiy Pustulga among five finalists. The composition is based on fragments of Albrecht Durer’s works. Its symbolism emphasizes the values uniting Nuremberg and Kharkiv.

As a reward, the organizers of the contest will fund Pustulga’s travel to the festival of street art in Nuremberg in 2018.

The contest was organized within the framework of events of youth and cultural program on the occasion of the “German Week in Ukraine 2017” by Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk, located in Dnipro, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kharkiv,  Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts and  Kharkiv City Council.

“It is not only a cultural project aimed at improving the appearance of the city. In my opinion, the contest is political among other things. We want to show the connection of Kharkiv with European countries and culture,” Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk, whose office is located in Dnipro, Wolfgang Mösinger noted.

The future placement of the mural is not accidental. Kirche, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Ascension, which had a unique architectural style for Kharkiv, was destroyed in 1958. The organizers wanted to perpetuate the destroyed building in some way. So they came up with the idea to draw a mural on the opposite wall of the demolished church on the building located in Pushkinska Street 28.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Nakipelo