On Wednesday, November 15, at the “Vokzalna” station of the capital’s metro, decorative relief boards with communist symbols were covered with wooden shields.
This was reported by the Kyiv Metro.
Architectural elements depicting Bolshevik leaders, Soviet symbols of the hammer and sickle were disguised within the framework of decommunization and de-Russification.
The subway also reminded of the special status of “Vokzalnaya”: ““Vokzalna” station is an immovable object of cultural heritage – a monument of urban planning and architecture of local importance, a work of engineering art, has a protective status and is protected by the state in accordance with the legal status of the monument.”
|This is how the station looked before the works. Photo: Kyiv Metro|
They noted that they maintain the station in compliance with the requirements of the law and are responsible for the real estate belonging to the monument.
|And this one – after. Photo: Kyiv Metro|
The decision to cover the communist symbols with wooden shields is a temporary option. In the future, the metro plans to completely dismantle all such elements. In order to obtain a permit, the company sent all the necessary letters and appeals.
|One of the elements on “Vokzalnaya”. Photo: Yevhen Nikiforov|
|In the future, the elements will be dismantled. Photo: Kyiv Metro|
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Similar work was carried out last year at the “University” station. Here, busts of Russian figures of culture and science were covered with wooden shields.
“Universityet” station, like “Vokzalna”, has the status of an architectural monument and is protected by the state. Therefore, regarding the dismantling of elements from this station, the necessary permits are also being obtained.
At the end of 2014, at the “Teatralna” metro station, the image of Lenin was covered with the image of the theater hall. Andrii Mazov became the main artist of the project. Then the image of Lenin was not destroyed, but covered with boards – and a drawing was made on them.
|Part of the composition “Spiral of Time” on “Teatralnaya”. Photo: Yevhen Nikiforov|
In 2015, the changes affected several stations at once: at the “Shulyavska” station, the inscription “Communism” and the stars between the words “Peace, labor, freedom, equality, fraternity” were dismantled, the sickle and hammer bas-relief was removed at the “Beresteiska” station, and the mosaic panel was closed. Red Army” and two mintings of the “Star of the Red Army” and “Star of the Soviet Army” at the “Palats Ukraine” station.
|Mosaic at “Ukraine Palace”. Photo: Yevhen Nikiforov|