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Conclusion of Kensuke Miyazaki's "Over the Wall Project" in Ukraine
24 October 2017 10:59

An artist Kensuke Miyazaki has completed his Over the Wall Project in two cities of Ukraine: Mariupol and Kyiv.

Mural Project in Ukraine

The city of Mariupol, located in the eastern part of Ukraine, has accepted a generous number of internally displaced people (IDPs) since the 2014 crisis concerning the Ukrainian border with Russia. In July 2016, the city council voted in favor of adopting the declaration of “City of Solidarity,” in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The municipality is very devoted to diversity and restoration of peace.
Over the Wall, reflecting this theme of solidarity and peace, was invited by the city of Mariupol with the support of the local UNHCR office to draw a mural on walls that had been damaged during military conflict. The aim was to bring oppressed persons, including IDPs, and the Mariupol citizens together to participate in creating murals.
Further, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ukraine, and the Ukraine government has decreed this year as the Year of Friendship with Japan. This project was carried out as a part of this framework.

KyivArt-zavod Platforma
 

The mural commemorates the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ukraine. It portrays people all over the world running on a street in the same direction while holding each other’s hands. On both sides of the road, there are cherry blossoms, a symbol of Japan. At the opening ceremony for the mural, actual cherry trees were planted in front of the mural.

MariupolSchool No.68 “The Mitten”

The theme for the mural comes from Ukraine’s classic national folk story, “The Mitten.” This tale, also very well known in Japan, is about a number of animals who find a mitten one cold, snowy day, and all of them seek refuge inside. To each newly arrived animal, the ones inside give a generous welcome, even in such a tiny space, and all of them get to share the warm mitten. Over the Wall chose this theme because its message very much resonates with the same sense of solidarity and peace which the City of Mariupol holds in its declaration as the “City of Solidarity.”
In the drawing, inside this mitten, are Ukrainians from all regions of the country, including Podolia and the Carpathians, as well as people from other parts of the world. On the palm of the mitten sit the famous Ukrainian Easter Eggs, and some chicks have hatched out due to the warmth of the mitten. The message conveyed in this picture is that the compassion of people hatches eggs of hope and makes the way for the future.

http://world-mural-project.com/activities/ukraine/

Video Link: {video}https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2KjCwU_i2g{/video}

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