Prayer for Ukraine
bronze, lighting inside and outside
height: 2,5 m
The idea of a sculptural composition is the image of the Virgin – Grieving mother in prayer for Ukraine, for the fate of the Ukrainian people, for its heroes, for its victims, for its future. A Ukrainian ritual cloth embroidered with symbols and cryptograms of the ancient world (rushnyk) creates a woman’s silhouette in prayer. She prays for Ukraine and she symbolizes Ukraine itself. An embroidered ritual cloth (towel) is a symbol of Ukraine, destiny, life’s way and it is a guard against evil forces, a memory of the holy and unforgettable things. The Ukrainian ritual cloth, creating a woman’s silhouette in prayer, acts as a guard for Ukraine and its citizens, heroes, and also the keeper of a memory of those who perished for Ukraine.