The Borderland/Ukraine: a new resident

Mykola Kryzhanivsky

Since the outbreak of the war the Borderland Foundation has assisted a number of Ukrainians. One of them was Mykola Kryzhanivsky who was a resident from 1 to 15 August 2022.

Mykola Kryzhanivsky is a Ukrainian writer and sculptor. He lives and works in the village of Slidy in the Mokhylev-Podolje region.

Between 1986 and 1999 he was the head of the school that supported the development of creative skills and national consciousness of children through the means of artistic and historical retrospective.

Mykola Kryzhanivsky developed and implemented his own pedagogical methods and teaching programmes. One of the methods was the trip in Ukraine during which children got to know the historical heritage of their country. Kryzhanivsky’s school has a garden of children’s sculpture and its own field.

During his stay, Mykola Kryzhanivsky worked on the idea of the sculpture that will commemorate Czesław Miłosz’s stay in his mother’s house.
One of the photographs that he found in the archive of Krasnogruda became the inspiration for Mykola. It shows the old poet taking a walk along one of the alleys in Krasnogruda

The sculpture stands in the park in the Krasnogruda manor. It is made of concrete, and is two-and-a-half metre high.