Symbolism Cast in Bronze

Artem Nikitin
15 May 2018

Every city has its own symbols characterising them. Kyiv is no exception and has an abundance of features that show off what makes the city unique.
In early 2017, Julia  Bevzenko of Секретный дворик (Secret Courtyards) decided to create a project called #Шукай (look for), which would tell visitors and locals alike about the inalienable attributes of the capital. A year later, the first bronze sculpture of Chicken Kyiv appeared: it’s a dish known worldwide and a culinary symbol of the city. A QR code on the statuette tells users about the history and meaning of the little icon.
While there have been only four created so far, there will be twelve in total. Among them a chestnut and the Kyiv cake, which is a sweet feature of the city. Another sculpture in the form of Kyiv dry fruit jam was unveiled recently.
Every bronze statuette already has a legend. For example, if you rub a cutlet, then your wishes will come true, and if you stroke the cake, then you will be shapely in figure. Of course, try at your own risk! The next two figurines will be unveiled on the Day of Kyiv (last weekend of May). You’ll have to stay tuned to see exactly what they might be…

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on TumblrEmail this to someone

Read More

A fun and fantastic new way to explore has recently popped up on our GPS. It’s called geocaching, and though it’s new to us, there are more than 300 fabulous locations in Kyiv alone to cache in. Intrigued? Playing hide and seek with latitude and longitude coordinates, geocaching gets you using the GPS on your […]

With the 2018 UEFA Champions League here in Kyiv this year, Michael Hudson of Dinternal Education came up with a fabulous competition to get locals out and about, showcasing their favourite parts of Kyiv to the throngs of tourists headed our way this month. “We got entries from secondary school students, college and university teams, […]

There’s surely no better reason to roll-out this semi-regular feature dedicated to one of the finer things in life than a beer festival. While we usually showcase smaller craft beer type establishments (we’ll make special mention of one later), this is too good an opportunity to miss. Brought to you by the team behind the […]

Ukrainian talents continue to collect accolades worldwide. In April, Kharkiv-born illustrator Stanislav Senchuk showcased his own vision of a headline-making cover from a British Vogue issue. His sketch Models Change attracted the attention of the glossy magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE. Consequently, British Vogue published Senchuk’s stylised image on its Instagram page as a ‘creative […]