Above pictured high rising apartment building in a suburb of Kiev, Ukraine, in recent years housed an extensive art environment.
Located on the 13th floor, Tatyana Pika's artwork not only included her own apartment, but also the access area shared with the residents of the other flats on the floor.
In the early months of 2017 the creation was removed.
Life and works
The internet hasn't much biographic information about Tatyana Pika. She was born in 1959 or 1960, studied economy and had a relation with a medical institute.
It's not impossibe that this medical institute was active in the field of alternative therapy, because it has been reported that Tatyana Pika was convinced that creative activities could help to overcome ailments, like she succeeded in curing herself of cancer. She may have been active as a people's healer.
first sight of the creation from the elevator
In the same way it is possible that she began transforming the communal area of the 13th floor into an art environment to rid the area of evil influences, used as it was as a meeting place for young drug addicts.
Anyway, around 2005 Tatyanaa began making her creation, as reported occasionaly assisted by some of the drug addicted youngsters.
Also numerous decorations were added such as mirrors, shells, special stones from all parts of the world, but also dolls and other toys provided by children from the neighborhood.
Bunches of grapes and berries hang from the ceiling.
The color scheme of the walls was rather particular and impressive. It seems that it was directed upon stimulating halluciogenic or spiritual experiences, which was further enhanced by the use of luminous paint that arose in the otherwise dark-haunted atmosphere.
The reports of people who visited the site often spoke of a psychodelic experience in the transition from the elevator to the site, one reality to another. People said this was so unexpected and fast that it simply gave a shock.
Pictured above is the decorated large tube intended to dispose of the household waste, a usual facility in eastern European residential complexes. A portrait of Christ is bricked up above the flap.
But there also are a lot of depictions of animals, such as eagles, wolves tigers, rabbits, crocodiles....
Tatyana also embellished her own apartment with an exuberant amount of decorations, comparable with those in the communal entrance. The video by Polina Polyakova in the documentation has images of the interior.
It would take Tatyana some five years to give her creation the ultimate appearance and scope she had in mind.
Apart from her own apartment, the 13th floor had three other apartments, but allegedly the neighbors agreed with the project and some even assisted in decorating the common access area.
In 2010 for the first time a video of Tatyana's creation was published on You Tube (see documentation).
The site gradually gained more publicity and especially after it was presented in the popular Ukrainian television program Орел и решка (Eagle and tails) the number of visitors increased.
Among the residents of the residential building were both supporters and opponents, the latter often saying they felt disturbed because of the many visitors.
In the course of 2016 Tatyana Pika decided to leave her apartment and sell it. Regarding the underlying reasons nothing has come out.
The apartment was sold indeed. The new owner decided to remove all decorations, which was implemented in the first months of 2017.
Documentation* Article (2012) on website ArtLine, with a large series of detail photo's of the decorations
* Article (2013) by Artemy Lebedev on his website, also with a large series of photo's
A selection of videos (more available on You Tube)
* Video by Polina Polyakova The world of Tatiana Pika (9'45", You Tube, published july 2010), with Tatania talking about her creation and shots of the decorations in her apartment
*Video by Quotephoto, showing decorations in the common area (2'33", You Tube, January 2012)
Decorated interior in apartment building
Radunskaya Street 26, 13th floor
Radunskaya Street 26, 13th floor
Troieschyna, Kiev, Ukrainesite has been demolished