Mini-sculpture of the “United Ukraine»

Mini-sculpture United Ukraine close-up
Mini-sculpture United Ukraine close-up

Installed this Patriotic mini-sculpture on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of independence of Ukraine. The author of the sculpture Mikhail Kolodko compares the country with a chocolate bar. Everyone loves chocolate, so they want to eat it, “biting off” a good chunk for yourself. Let our country always remain a whole tile, about which all sorts of ignoramuses will only break their teeth, but you can’t get them.

This mini-sculpture is located on PL. Post (GPS: 48.624524, 22.295670).

Traditionally, the most “chocolate” countries in the world EuropeBelgium and Switzerland are considered. For a long time in Europe, chocolate was considered a medical remedy, mysterious overseas medicines, because it was tasteless. Only in the XVII century, it gradually began to be perceived as an expensive and refined drink of the nobility. This was made possible by the addition of new components, primarily sugar, and later milk.

Drinking chocolate began at the Spanish Royal court, then in London, and then throughout Europe. The nineteenth century was a revolution in the production of chocolate. In 1828, engineer Conrad van Houten invented and patented a hydraulic press that extracted oil from cocoa beans. In 1879, after eight years of experimentation, the Swiss Daniel Peter first released solid milk chocolate on the market. In the same year, the inventor Rudolf Lindt from Bern, having made an original device, began to produce fondat chocolate, which melted in the mouth. This chocolate was such a success that twenty years later the Zurich confectioner Rudolf Sprungli purchased the invention of Lindt for 1.5 million francs, for which you could buy 435 kilograms gold.

Nadezhda Popadyuk tells an interesting legend about this mini-sculpture in her book “Uzhgorod – the world capital of mini-sculptures”. According to this legend, chocolate first came to Ukraine back in 1921, when it was brought to Uzhgorod personally by Tomas Masaryk-the philosopher, the first President Czechoslovak Republic. He arrived by car from the city of Mikhaylovka in Juanita, where he made a short speech about the political, social and cultural prospects of the region. In zhupanati, the Czechoslovak President spoke with representatives of fifteen local institutions and organizations on a first-come, first-served basis and gave each of them a bar of chocolate. In memory of Masaryk’s visit, a mini-sculpture in the shape of a chocolate bar was installed on the stone wall of the Postal square. In August 2016, the talented Uzhgorod sculptor Mikhail Kolodko remade this sculpture, depicting it in the shape of the territory of Ukraine, as a symbol of the unity of our state, which “as if someone wants to bite off the chocolate”.

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