This group of mini-sculptures was installed in the city Uzhgorod in may of 2013. This event was timed to coincide with the days of Czech culture. The fact is that hedgehogs are a symbol of the Czech city of Uzhgorod, which is a sister city of Uzhgorod. In addition, hedgehogs are a symbol of beer “Hedgehog”, which is brewed in Jihlava. The opening of these sculptures was attended by the city heads of Uzhgorod and Jihlava. At first, there were four sculptures of hedgehogs, but one, the smallest, was presented to the mayor of the city of Yaroslavl. The authors of the sculpture group, the sculptor Mikhail Kolodko and the blacksmith Vasily Krivanich, placed their two-Headed hedgehogs on the metal railings of the Kiev embankment opposite the fifth school (GPS: 48.622293, 22.294021).
The Czech city of Jihlava is located in the South-East countries on the river of the same name. It was first mentioned in Chronicles in 1233. In 2010, it became a sister city of Uzhgorod.
This picturesque Czech city was once a mining center silver. During the period of the real “silver rush”, the city Was one of the largest, the most beautiful and rich Czech cities where art flourished, crafts, science and trade.
The original legend about this mini-sculpture was described in her book “Uzhgorod – the world capital of mini-sculptures” by Nadezhda Popadyuk. According to legend, from the very beginning of the construction of the oldest churches Transcarpathia Goryanskaya rotunda it was protected by whole flocks of hedgehogs-animals endowed in folk beliefs with wisdom, magic and healing properties. The fame of this amazing and unique Church reached the king of Przemysl Otakar II-the founder of the city of Jihlava. He was struck by the story of the little guards of the rotunda – hedgehogs. Having silver ores and knowing that the deposits of the precious metal might run dry in the future, he ordered his soldiers to go to the magic Church to take away some of the hedgehogs and bring them to the city of Golgava, so that they would also protect his city. In exchange for 300 hedgehogs, the king gave the Church 300 silver coins, the animals quickly adapted to the new conditions, their population increased, and they began to move from the mines to the banks of the river yaglav, and then to the gardens and parks. Subsequently, they became a real symbol of the city. A local sculptor, at the request of the clergy, melted down the coins presented by the king and made three hedgehogs from them, which were installed on the railings of the embankment the Uzh river in memory of world fame Mountain rotunda and its little guards, to the delight of residents and guests of Uzhgorod.
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