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Stone sculpture park established in Grodno

Open-air exhibition

Nine stone sculptures have been installed in Kolozha Park, not far from the Boris and Gleb Church; these were created by Belarusian artists during last year’s Grodno: Past and Present open-air workshop. Among them are Artem Medvedev, Ivan Artimovich, Igor Zosimovich, Alexey Sorokin, Korney Alexeev, Katya Zantariya and Vladimir Panteleev. Previously, Vladimir Panteleev’s Song of Kolozha stone exhibition was displayed in the park; it was created by the master in 2013. It has recently been supplemented by another eight sculptures entitled: Creation of the Belarusian Land, Warrior-Litvin, The Helmet, Breath of Grey Centuries, Dialogue of Centuries, Stone of Kisses, and The Memory of Land. Korney Alexeev’s Orpheus and Eurydice sculpture is also now open to public view.

As the famous Grodno sculptor and the author of the idea, Vladimir Panteelev, explains, this year, the pieces have been erected in the city park to commemorate July 16th — the day when Grodno was liberated from the fascists. This is only the beginning however, in the future, an open-air museum of stone sculptures is planned for Kolozha Park, similar to that in Lithuanian Klaipeda. There, 116 sculptures are installed in the 12-hectare grounds, all created by Lithuanian sculptors in the 1970s-90s. According to Mr. Panteleev, when developing a museum such as this, the cultural and historical ties of the past and present are to be taken into consideration. Next year, Grodno is to host an international open-air workshop for sculptors, attracting Belarusian artists and master stonemasons from Poland and Lithuania. The works created as part of it would decorate the city park. The sculpture park is not the only gift made by the stonemasons to the city. A stone memorial featuring Grodno’s symbol (St. Hubert with deer) and a ‘2014 Cultural Capital of Belarus: Grodno’ inscription has been placed in the centre of the city, near the late 18th century building where Grodno’s Vice Administrator once lived and which, until recently, hosted the National Historical Archive of the City.

By Anastasia Shoplya
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