The history

The territory of Dnipro region have a long story of rising and falling civilizations since Stone age. State museum of Dnipro have an unique collection of stone plastic which is placed on the open exposition next to the museum building. 48 figures - the half of overall collection - present 5 exhibits of Neolithyc age, 2- Bronze age, 3 Scythian and 38 Polovtsy figures.

The place of exhibition has been constructed in 1970-th and never been renovated. Artmisto creative team developed the project and made the reconstruction of this unique historic place.
For decades the grey square with the grey stone figures has been "invisible" for passers. A lot of citizens of Dnipro city even didn't know about this place and its value. We decided to make this place more prominent, more informative, more ethnic...

About project

The project of revitalization has been divided into three phases. At the first stage, after collaborating with historians and detailed learning the artifacts, the special artwork was drawing and then applied to the repaired surface of the wall.

This picture takes the viewer to the Polovtsian era. Their statues are the most numerous in the exposition. The Polovtsian culture itself is well researched due to its numerous artifacts. This is, first and foremost, a shamanic culture, closely linked to the symbolism of life in the steppes, where the entire life cycle of the Polovtsy took place. To better understand it, let's try to absorb the world of that era - from birth to death.

Around you is a land that extends to all sides of the world. Above is the sky and the sun that give life. Rivers flow along the steppe - life itself. These symbols are reflected in embroidery and jewelry. An image that has been transferred from one of these ornaments and is the main element of the drawing. Here we see the sun in the form of round ornaments and square crosses. Square shapes are an image of the earth. Symbolic images of flowers, animals, rivers. And it is the embodiment of life and death in the form of an upward spiral.

The drawing itself is designed to attract the attention of passers-by from afar and not distract from viewing the sculptures, as if dissolving when the viewer is in the square. The dark background of the drawing makes the articles more contrasting and helps to focus.

At the second stage, to get a better idea of ​​the history of each exhibit, we have developed a special audio guide. Visitors can listen to it with your regular smartphone by scanning the code posted on the information board. Choosing one of three languages: Ukrainian, Russian or English, the visitor dives into a fascinating excursion that will lead him simultaneously through the entire exposition and through the numerous epochs and cultures that inhabited the region.

At the third stage in the future, the museum plans to add a night illumination of the figures.



Project Team