Kyiv Sculpture Project 2012

Kyiv Sculpture Project 2012 (2 June - 2 July) was the first international non-profit festival of public art in Ukraine held in the M.M. Gryshko National Botanic Garden. 





The program of the festival included an international open-call for young artists, special project curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, educational events and discussion programme for all guests and participants.The open call was announced in mid-December 2011, and submissions were being accepted through the end of January 2012. Within a month Kyiv Sculpture Project received 297 applications from 39 different countries. Fifteen young artists were shortlisted for the exhibition, including nine Ukrainian artists.


The participating works were evaluated by the jury comprised of international experts: Helen Pheby (PhD, Curator of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Great Britain), Mikhail Reva (sculptor, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Professor of International Academy of Architecture, Ukraine), Melissa Hamnett (Curator of Sculpture at Victoria and Albert Museum, Great Britain), Sui Jianguo (sculptor, participant of Kyiv Sculpture Project 2012, China), and Kateryna Taylor (curator of Kyiv Sculpture Project 2012, Ukraine).   


The Main Prize (6000 euro) was shared between two projects: Shell by Zhanna Kadyrova (Ukraine) and Moonstruck by Karin van der Molen (Netherlands). The GREVIS group (Ukraine) won the People's Choice Award (2000 euro). Katya Buchatska travelled to practice at Yorkshire Sculpture Park residency as a part of her Special Prize for the best young artist from Ukraine. 


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Main project participants


Sally Kidall (Australia) At the table: are we sitting comfortably? II

Sally Kidall's installation of a table and four chairs covered with grass and enclosed in plastic creates a peculiar microenvironment that is not conducive to life. Sally’s work is a modern interpretation of the classical tradition of still life.


Rachel Carter (United Kingdom) Grand Spheres

In her sculpture Carter responds to the organic lines and growth of nature.


Pprofessors group (Russia), LOVE (CMYK version)

LOVE is part of a major project by the art group Pprofessors called 'Tiny Red People', which explores the changing meaning of iconic imagery in different contexts. Robert Indiana's famous sculpture Love was created in 1970 after his Christmas card of the same design made in 1964 at the height of the Vietnam conflict for MoMA, New York. Symbolic of the peace movement it quickly became appropriated within pop culture, now reinterpreted by Pproffessors for the digital age.


Karin van der Molen (The Netherlands) Moonstruck

For the Kyiv Sculpture Project, van der Molen drew inspiration from the full moon. Visitors were invited to enter the inner space, which at first was to be very dark but gradually revealing the light within it.


Colin Rose (United Kingdom) Starball

Starball by Colin Rose references the major work of the Genome Centre near Cambridge, UK, where research is being conducted into man's DNA. Rose's sculpture is based on computer interpretations of related data, to create a particular structure. The perfectly polished surface both draws the viewer inside and reflects the world around.


Kamila Szejnoch (Poland) Flagpole For Szejnoch the flagpole itself represents not only national pride but the institutions of state and their rules and regulations. The sculpture of the Flagpole is twisted and turned as a suggestion of flexibility and change for these rules.


Oleksii Zolotariov (Ukraine) Wind rose Oleksii Zolotariov's sculpture is an impression of the familiar diagram used by meteorologists and climatologists to show the direction of the wind. Zolotariov frees the diagram from its original, practical meaning and gives it an aesthetic sense.


Zhanna Kadyrova (Ukraine) Seashell Kadyrova explores the aesthetic potential of common construction materials, in this c ase being inspired by a shellfish. Such creatures are known for being able to close their shell in response to external irritation or danger, a highly useful survival mechanism. Zhanna’s sculpture Seashell is a metaphor for contemporary human behaviour in the face of adversity. 


Kateryna Buchatska (Ukraine) Dew point Buchatska observes that contemporary culture is replacing observation and feeling with theory, which makes us lose connection with potential experiences of the world. Through creating larger-than-life dewdrops Buchatska draws attention to the phenomena of nature using art as a lens for its appreciation. 


Anna Naduda (Ukraine) Structure of the light Naduda seeks to make light and its qualities tangible. For Kyiv Sculpture Project she created a rainbow-like sculpture of colour and transparency that people can walk through. 


Dobrinya Ivanov (Ukraine) Foundation Stones Dobrinya Ivanov has provided tombstones with a highly mirrored surface that reflects and interferes with the environment of the botanical garden and alters our sense of reality. 


Stepan Riabchenko (Ukraine) EpiphanyBy the legend, 150 years ago on March 9, 1862 a miracle had happened in the area of the Botanic Garden –Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Jonah Kievskiy. According to the Jonah's description, the immaterial fire preceded the epiphany of the Saint Virgin. Stepan's object is dedicated to the legend. 


Oleksiy Say (Ukraine) Abandoned camp of corporate nomads Oleksiy Say’s metaphorical installation comments on the culture of major corporations by using physical elements of 'white collar' workplace to create a nomadic dwelling place. 


GREVIS group (Ukraine) Button Referencing the famous anti-monumental sculptures by Claes Oldenburg, The Button is a nostalgic reference to childhood and lost family connections, absorbed in the ever-expanding flow of information and technology. 


Ubik. group (Ukraine), Laws of natureUbik group presents objects of the technological age as relics from a different time. It suggests that the current civilisation and its artefacts are a temporary phase, and once people disappear there will no longer be a division between the natural and the artificial. 






The Special Project, curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, presented the sculptures by internationally established artists: Eva Rothschild (Ireland), Magdalena Abakanowicz (Poland), Sui Jianguo (China), Nigel Hall (Great Britain), and Jaume Plensa (Spain). 


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Nigel Hall (Great Britain) Wide Passage Wide Passage takes the eye on a visual journey and is meant to be looked at from all different angles and in relation to its setting. 


Jaume Plensa (Spain) House of Knowledge House of Knowledge is one of ‘House’ sculptures which stand as a metaphor for “the body for the soul”. Plensa’s use of text in sculpture gives physical shape to ideas and thoughts. 


Sui Jiango (China) Legacy Mantle Sui Jiango’s Legacy Mantle was inspired by Chairman Mao’s iconic jacket in 1996. The work is an expression of his feelings about the changes in China, from the cultural revolution of 1966 to the current trend towards capitalism. The hollow jacket symbolizes that legacy of Chairman Mao is still felt today but that the promises of his era are empty. 


Eva Rothschild (Ireland) Someone and Someone The artist explores the possibilities of sculpture through form, space and color. Someone and Someone is a strong example of her work which, despite its slenderness, has a great energy, enhanced by its bold coloured stripes on black. 


Magdalena Abakanowicz (Poland) Seated Figure Seated Figure is typical of Abakanowicz’s work. It especially considers the relationship between the unthinking mob and the vulnerability of the individual, which the artist had experienced when separated for a time from her family by a crowd in Warsaw in 1944. 





The festival included free guided tours and workshops for all audiences, as well as a series of lectures, master classes and artist-talks by Ukrainian and international experts. It was the first program in Ukraine dedicated to sculpture and aimed at young Ukrainian artists and art-professionals.

The educational programme was be opened by a special lecture by Dr. Helen Pheby, Curator at Europe's largest sculpture park - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and co-curator of the KSP festival.


Educational Programme Participants: 


Clare Lilley

Director of programme, Yorshire Sculpture Park (Great Britain) 


Melissa Hamnett,

Curator of Sculpture Department, Victoria&Albert Museum (Great Britain)


Sui Jiango,

Sculptor, professor of Fine Arts Academy (CAFA) (Pekin, China) 


Helen Pheby, 

Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Great Britain)


Christs Ernstons, Roy Roitban

"Izolyatsia" - platform for cultural initiatives


Kateryna Taylor, 

Curator of Kyiv Sculpture Project (Ukraine) 


Oleksiy Zolotariov, 

Sculptor (Ukraine) 


Mikhail Reva, 

Sculptor, member of the Kyiv Sculpture Project Expert Board 


Ludmila Lysenko, 

Ph.D, professor of National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Ukraine)