Legend and description of the mini-sculpture “Boy with a tinkling bangs”
The material of this mini-sculpture is interesting, as it is made of volcanic tuff brought from the province of Kilikia in Armenia.
This mini-sculpture was unveiled on 08 December 2015 on the ninth anniversary of the Cilicia restaurant. At the unveiling of the monument, sculptor Mykhailo Kolodko said: “In the image of a boy with a herring, I am trying to play on our relationship with the European Union, and to do so, I turn to one of its most recognisable symbols. We are so close, but at the same time so far from Europe.”
Little Julien, or the Boy Who Blows (Manneken Pis), is a symbol not only of Brussels but of the whole of Belgium. No tourist route through the capital of the European Union is complete without him. There are many legends associated with the appearance of this 60-centimetre-high fountain statue in the Belgian capital. According to one version, a three-year-old boy put out a fire that suddenly broke out in the city in this simple way. According to another, the little boy was bewitched and turned into a bronze sculpture by an evil witch after he was careless enough to pee on the door of her house.
The legend of the Kilikian mineral water spring is told by Nadiya Popadiuk in her book Uzhgorod – the World Capital of Mini-Sculptures. According to the legend, this spring with healing and rejuvenating water was found by a little boy Jan, the son of the ruler of Uzhhorod, Yurii III of the Italian Druget family, while inspecting the land suitable for growing grapes with his father.