The Heart of Ukraine art object, made of Metinvest steel, was opened in the Cherkasy region on August 23, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence.
The complex is located in the geographical center of Ukraine – the village of Maryanovka, Zvenigorod district. Until recently, only a memorial sign informed about the location of the center of the country.
The art object consists of 25 pairs of wings, representing all regions of Ukraine and the Republic of Crimea. The white steel wings are adorned with patterns characteristic of each region. In the center of the complex, under glass, there is a sculpture of a heart. The composition is complemented by a 52-meter flagpole with the largest Ukrainian flag in the Cherkasy region. The area of the complex is almost 5000 square meters, the height is more than 5 meters.
“Heart of Ukraine” was created on the principle of a barrier-free environment: it provides a ramp, tactile navigation, an audio guide, a model of a complex for people with hearing impairments.
For the construction of the art object, Metinvest supplied more than 66 tons of steel worth UAH 2,800,000. Hot-rolled sheets, pipes, angles and channels made at the Group’s Mariupol enterprises – Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and Azovstal.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy:
– Today we have a big family holiday – the day of the symbol of our big family, the day of the blue-yellow flag, the day of the State flag of Ukraine. On the 30th anniversary of the restoration of our independence, we will raise it right here, in the geographical center of Ukraine. It is here that the heart, the heart of Ukraine, beats. This is an art object, around which there are 25 steel wings that represent our 24 regions and our Crimea.
General Director of Metinvest Group Yuriy Ryzhenkov
– Steel “Heart of Ukraine” is located in the very center of the country and is made of Ukrainian metal. And this is our reason for pride. We are sure that there are still many reasons to be proud of Ukrainian things ahead of each of us, because metallurgy and the entire industry work for the prosperity and development of the country. Metinvest Group was established on the equator of Independence of Ukraine, and every day for all 15 years of work we have been proving the truth of these words. And we will continue to do this, because we believe in Ukraine and Ukrainian.
Chairman of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration Oleksandr Skichko
– We wanted to create something special before the 30th anniversary of our Ukraine. We must not only remember the past, but also create the present. I was unpleasantly amazed when I first saw in Cherkasy the “geographical center of Ukraine”: an inconspicuous and unfinished memorial sign in the middle of a field … Therefore, we decided to create a unique art object there: to symbolically unite all of Ukraine in one place of power. We did it without a penny of budget money. It’s nice that there were many caring entrepreneurs who were imbued with our idea. These are not only Cherkasy companies, but also all-Ukrainian ones. I am grateful to every philanthropist!
Over 15 years of operation, Metinvest Group, including associated companies, has produced 179 million tonnes of steel. Many objects have been built from this metal in Ukraine and around the world. In particular, this is a new sarcophagus over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Olympic stadium and Darnitsky bridge in Kiev, The Shard skyscraper in London, The Shed cultural center and The Oculus transport hub in New York, the world’s largest sailing ship Flying Clipper and much more.