Sunflowers and Ukrainian poetry instead of Pushkin: a famous mural repainted in Kharkiv. Photo
In Kharkiv, a mural depicting the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin was replaced by a mural with sunflowers, one of the symbols of Ukraine. A fragment of a poem by Ukrainian poet Kateryna Kalytko was also placed there.
An employee of the Kharkiv Literary Museum, Dina Chmuzh, wrote about this on her Facebook page on Wednesday, October 4. The mural is located at the intersection of Pushkinska and Yaroslav Mudryi streets.
The artist emphasized that the idea to paint large sunflowers (as a reminder that Ukraine is at war) came to her in January 2022. However, due to Russia's full-scale invasion in February, she was unable to realize it.
"This idea came to naught because it seemed that reminders were not needed. And when the question arose of what to paint instead of Pushkin, I had a good idea of large sunflowers, but now they have become more mournful," the message says.
The portraits of Pushkin here were painted over in early September. This was done by activists of the "Decolonization. Ukraine" public organization," reports Suspilne.
The head of the organization, Vadym Pozdniakov, said that there are only four murals depicting the poet of the aggressor country at this location. One was painted over by the owners of one of the establishments, one by activists, and two more are in the pipeline.
He also noted that the activists want to paint over all the murals of Pushkin and other Russian poets and raise the issue of renaming the street itself, as well as the Pushkinska metro station.
As OBOZREVATEL reported, in the occupied and dilapidated Mariupol, Russians destroyed the last Ukrainian mural in the city with the title "Toward Happiness". This picture was not related to the history of Ukraine or the Ukrainian military.