For the past five years, murals have been popping up around Kyiv, depicting modern and traditional art.
In December 2019, Ukrainian-Canadian band @BalaklavaBlues released a music video for the song “Don’t Leave Me,” featuring these murals. The website www.kyivmural.com/en/index maps out 162 murals in the city, but we thought highlighting some in the video would be a good start.
Serhiy Nihoyan by Alexandre Fartu (Mykhailivska Street 22b)
Serhiy Nihoyan was the first person to die in the 2014 Revolution of Dignity. His mural portrait is at Heavenly Hundred Garden, a once empty lot transformed by volunteers into a community space.
“Revival” by Seth x Kislow (Borychiv Tik Street 33/6)
Along Andriyivskyy Descent is one of the most notable and recognizable murals in Kyiv: “Revival.” The mural was created in April 2014 after the Revolution of Dignity and depicts feelings of hope for — and love and pride in — Ukraine.
“The Messenger of Life” by Alexandr Britcev (Reitarska Street 9)
Tucked away in a courtyard, a mural with a white crow — a symbol of good news — surrounded by black crows came to life in 2015. As the story goes, real-life crows Cyril, Carlos and Corbin are said to have lived in a cage in this courtyard for 20 years.
See these murals in “Don’t Leave Me” here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq5Nu63Jic0