Why have we chosen him? Because he is an author of the Donetsk Forged Figures Park project, an initiator of annual blacksmiths art festivals and a wonderful blacksmith.
The Forged Figures Park was established in 2001 at the suggestion and according to the project of Victor Burduk. At the beginning there were only ten figures in the park. There are some alleys and 64 sculptures in the park now. For example, the Fairy Tales Alley with the Roly-Poly, the Buzzy Fly, the Genie, and dwarfs.
Holidays are taken very seriously in Donbass capital. And considering the fact that the City Day of Donetsk is held at the same day as the Miner’s Day, the level of all the festive events is double high. This year the President of Ukraine was personally present at the celebration of veterans of miner’s work in Donetsk that took place on the 28th of August. We can say that Viktor Andreevich respects blacksmiths as much as miners. That’s why he visited the 7th All-Ukrainian the Forged Figures Park-2005 Festival of blacksmiths art the same day. New works by the best blacksmiths-artists in Ukraine and the competitive spirit of the 1st Ukrainian blacksmiths all-round events championship impressed greatly not only the President but also all the festival participants and audience.
On our way from Australia to an Italian town Stia we crossed Italy from the north to the south so it was interesting to watch the landscape changes from mountainous Tyrol through flat Lombardy region of Emilia to mountainous regions of Toscany. Having turned off the highway, we had been driving on the serpentine rode with many mountain passes for a long time there…
Having reached the city, we were glad to see a big banner with the title ‘The world blacksmiths championship – 2005’ hanging across the road and started looking for a parking place.
There was an improvised exhibition ground for the blacksmiths’ works in the central public garden of the town. The place for competition holding was well-appointed. There were ten furnaces and anvils, some big standing-vices, all the necessary tools for handwork, and a broad range of rolled metal under a big shed.
The festival aims have been one and the same for seven years of its holding. They are to demonstrate blacksmiths art and to popularize national traditions. Our masters of blacksmith art made one more present for this festival. The Zodiac Signs Alley was opened in the Forged Figures Park (behind the City Council building), the Donetsk purlieu. A new tradition has appeared. All the newly married couples come to the Park to take some photos. It is quite understandable as the Forged Figures Park in Donetsk is a unique place…
The 10th international Forged Figures Park – 2008 festival of blacksmiths art established by the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise and organized by the Donbass Blacksmiths Guild is going on! Although there are no tents, stage, furnaces and anvils on the square behind the Donetsk City Council building, festival is going on with the exhibition of 70 author’s works from 13 regions of Ukraine as well as from Holland and Belgium. Читать далее «THE FORGED FIGURES PARK 2008»
On 13th July, 2008 in Friesoythe (Germany) Donetsk was unanimously accepted as an active member of the Ring of European Cities with Iron Works. The number 13 appeared to be lucky as well as token for us. Our city became the 13th member of the association that counts such cities as Bad Hall, Ybbsitz (Austria), Lipnik (Czech Republic), Friesoythe, Stolberg, Olbernhau, Kolbermoor (Germany), Mogliano Veneto, Stia (Italy), Gniew (Poland), Mynämäki (Finland) and Oude Ijsselstreek (Netherlands). Читать далее «Donetsk in the Ring of European Cities with Iron Works»
It is the longest festival which is being hold from the beginning of June till the middle of August. It is strongly associated with the knighthood movement. Blacksmiths romance of the Crimea can be felt in full here. Читать далее «Genuezs’ka Fortetsya (Genoa Fortress), August, Sudak»