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Street art: the most famous and beautiful murals in Ukraine

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Street art: the most famous and beautiful murals in Ukraine

Street art is one of the global trends that has gained particular popularity in recent years. Here are the most beautiful murals in Ukraine that have become real national symbols for Ukrainians

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Murals in Ukraine are not just works of art, as they have acquired a special philosophical meaning and symbolism for Ukrainians. And even during the war, new masterpieces are increasingly appearing on the walls of residential buildings, public institutions, and offices, and they do not leave anyone indifferent. 


Here are 5 of the most beautiful murals in Ukraine that not only drew public attention to important issues, but also gained international recognition and were included in the lists of the world's best examples of street art.


Read more about the brilliant Ukrainian artists who have become known all over the world here.


Rise up in the dirt


The mural "Rise up in the dirt" can be found in Kyiv, on the building of the Pechersk District Police Department. This is the first mural in the world to be located on a police building. The author of this work of art is the American artist BKfoxx from New York. In November 2017, the mural became one of the best works of street art according to the world edition of Streetart.Today.



Photo from BKfoxx's twitter 


The author has put an important meaning into her work - the most beautiful things in the world can appear in the most humble circumstances, you just need to put effort and work into it.


Milan


The Milan mural, created in 2018 in the city of Mariupol, has become a national symbol of hope and faith for the whole of Ukraine. After all, it depicts not just a little girl with a soft toy - it is a child who survived the horrific circumstances in 2015. The mother saved the girl at the cost of her own life by covering her with her body during the shelling of Mariupol by russian troops. The child lost her leg and was orphaned because of russia's armed aggression, and this is just one of hundreds of thousands of examples of tragedies caused by russia.


But unfortunately, today the meaning of this drawing has acquired an even more tragic meaning, because the russian occupiers cynically erased it from the face of the earth. Today the house looks like this.




Two elements


An amazing mural can be seen on one of the buildings of the Odesa sanatorium. It depicts a horse that is visually divided into two parts, symbolizing the power and balance of nature - earth and water. One part of the picture is decorated with various elements of the underwater world, the other with flowers and plants. The mural harmoniously combines the richness and elegance of nature.



Photo by dumskaya.net


In 2018, the mural received the status of one of the best representatives of street art in the world according to the online publication StreetArt360.




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Berehynia


The mural "Berehynia" is located in Kyiv on Independence Square, which is a significant place because it was there that the Revolution of Dignity began in 2014. 

"Berehynia" is another important symbol for Ukrainians, because the woman depicted in the picture among the bright sunflowers is the goddess of goodness, who protects humanity from evil, protects homes, children and family warmth.



Photo by FB mataruda


The author of the painting is the famous artist Mata Ruda from Costa Rica.


Mind, body and soul


The mural "Mind, Body and Soul" is located in Kyiv, at 44 Verkhniy Val Street. The surrealistic drawing of the bear has a deep philosophical meaning, which is the idea that the inner essence of a person is much more important than the appearance. The symbols on the mural encourage us to reflect on the importance and beauty of the inner world.




The international publication I Support Street Art recognized the Kyiv mural as one of the best street artworks in 2017.


We remind you!. The literary achievements of Ukrainian writers are not limited to the borders of Ukraine, as their books find their readers all over the world. Read more about the authors who have made a significant contribution to the popularization of Ukrainian literature here.




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