The Statue of the Motherland of Kiev is 62 meters high against the 46 of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Built between 1976 and 1981, as a tribute to the war of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany, over time it has become one of the most iconic symbols of the city and of the Soviet homeland. A symbol with an uncomfortable meaning that lasted over half a century, and which today has been converted to the cry for independence towards the same country that erected it.
The not easy task was entrusted to the sculptor Oleksii Perhamenshchyk, certainly not new to such public performances.
His task was to create the colossal trident, measuring 7.6 x 4.56 meters, to replace the Soviet symbol.
I think of the upcoming August 24, 2023, as one of the most important days, not only for Ukraine itself, but for the entire Western democracy.
Five hundred kilograms of stainless steel, not even the weight of a small car like the Zaz Tavria, but which makes an enormous difference on an international geopolitical level.