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Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty
Henry M. Robert

Graffiti on order

Artists from The Good People art group painted on the walls of a new kindergarten in Donetsk
18 December, 2013 - 17:39
Photo by Oleksandr YERMOCHENKO

The walls have been turned into a cabin with animals looking out its windows against the backdrop of Petrykivka flower painting. The unusual kindergarten will be opened on December 19, St. Nicholas’s Day.

Members of The Good People art group Andrii Kravchenko and Oleksandr Hrebeniuk worked on the project for about two weeks. It was ordered by the Main Directorate of Public Services and Utilities of the Donetsk City Council. Kravchenko admitted: “We have been cooperating with municipal authorities for about three years, we take some of their proposals and put forward some ideas of our own. To paint on a building, one needs funding, machines, lots of paint and a great many permits, so the authorities find a sponsor, approve the project, and we paint it.”

The Good People did graffiti Hi, Loch Ness! on the Kalmius River waterfront and Photos of Old Yuzivka on Donetsk Prosecutor’s Office Building. The artists are planning to paint a portrait of Sherlock Holmes on a water tower in Donetsk, but it is likely to have to wait until the next year. Kravchenko commented: “Perhaps this kindergarten was our last street project this year, as cold weather hinders our work, and even paint itself is ‘hating’ winter conditions outdoors. Actually, we would like to paint on many structures in Donetsk, we have already identified the Regional Archives Building as a promising target, while mine ventilation systems are interesting, too, as these are high structures and visible from afar. There are good sites under bridges and road junctions. More generally, this city has a lot of ‘empty’ facades.”

By Maria PROKOPENKO, Donetsk
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