Maidan anniversary: Garden of the 'Heavenly Hundred' three years after Maidan

10:19 Nov. 21, 2016

Garden of the 'Heavenly Hundred' three years after Maidan

Heavenly Hundred Garden (Source: Unian)

Three years after the Revolution of Dignity, organisers of the award-winning public space host events to remember the victims of Maidan and create new projects in Eastern Ukraine

The organizers of the 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden, the Service department for city improvement,"Misto-Sad",  together with St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery will commemorate the heroes of Maidan known as 'Heavenly Hundred'. The bells of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery will ring on November 21; people are also asked to come with their own bells. The sound of bells symbolizes the urge to take action and build the country. 

Kateryna Palyura, "Misto-Sad" landscape designer, reminisces the events of Maidan clashes which happened 3 years ago. On the night of February 17, Maidan activists took a green fence to defend themselves from bullets. Now this fence stands at the entrance of the 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden as a reminder of that events. 

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The shabby fence isn't the only object that brings a memory of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity. The first thing the eye catches at the square is the mural of Maidan activist and the first protestor killed by shooting, Serhiy Nigoyan. The image was created by a Portuguese artist, Alexandre Farto. The famous street painter saw the portraits of each of the Ukrainian heroes, but he had chosen Serhiy Nigoyan; he saw in his eyes the eyes of the 'Heavenly Hundred'. The works by Alexandre Farto caught the eye of the organizers of the 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden and the artist was invited to Ukraine. 

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This summer the 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden has won recognition at the prestigious competition for the European Prize for Urban Public Space in Barcelona. The public space is the first project from the organization "Misto-Sad" and it was totally a volunteer initiative. Kateryna Palyura says that all the trees and flowers have been donated by people: the community wanted to help, as they wished to leave their footprint. The relatives of the heroes of 'Heavenly Hundred' were also involved in the creation of the public space.

Read more: Ukraine's 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden among finalists of European competition

Before 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden became a public space, it was a rubbish dump.

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Kateryna Palyura says: "This square is what Maidan had been standing for. People gathered with an aim to create a prosperous future. People's spirit was not defeated – they cleaned the area and have created a piece of a beautiful country."  

Read more: French-directed film about the Heavenly Hundred hero presented in Kyiv

The aim of the public space 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden is to unite the Ukrainian community. "Misto-Sad" doesn't stop here in their endeavor to bring Ukrainian public together. Now, the organization creates similar projects in the eastern part of Ukraine. In Slovyansk, Donetsk region, they created a small park "Shovkovychnyi" made with the help of Ukrainian kids. During the event, children used their imagination and produced anything they wanted at the building maquettes. The architect then made a coherent whole out of the works that the kids produced. 

"Misto-Sad" actively develops new projects, though it still has some land problems surrounding 'Heavenly Hundred' Garden. Even though the public space is so significant to the country and has gained prominence in Europe, the organizers have been trying to win the support of the Ukrainian government since the days of the garden's creation. The land where the garden is located now doesn't officially belong to Kyiv citizens, as during the rule of Leonid Chernovetskyi, the former mayor of Kyiv, it was illegally granted to his relative. The present mayor, Vitaliy Klichko, has promised that he will return the land to the city, though he does'nt seem to have kept his promise. 

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