picture courtesy of Andrey Bogdanov (Panoramio)
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Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Sverdlov region, is the fifth city of the Russian Federation. Situated on the east side of the Urals it would geographically be an Asian city, but the city considers itself as European. Above decorated house in Kunara is a 70 km west of Yekaterinburg, so this site can be presented as an art environment in Europe.
Life and works
Sergey Kirillov (193?-2003) must have been born in the 1930's. In 1941 when he still was a young person, his father had to leave the family to join the russian army in the war against Germany. He would never return home again.
Young Sergey only had some three years of schooling. He became the blacksmith of the community
Married in 1951 with Lydia Kharitonovna, the couple went to live in the house of Sergey's grandfather, an old property that needed some repair.
this, and the next picture from the website English Russia
(no indication of its author)
So Kirillov began renovating the house and doing this he also made decorations on some elements of the house he was repairing, a creative activity that apparently triggered him, because decorating the house became a lifetime project.
Kirillov did his job of blacsmith during daytime and in the evening he created the decorations, occasionaly working untill midnight. He would rise early, usually at four in the morning, to continue his creative activities.
this picture from the only-most.ru website
( no indication of its author)
Kirillov made small, brightly colored wooden sculptures, which he put on the roof of the house, like these ones:
An inscription on the roof says "Work started in 1954 and was completed in 1967 on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution!"
Taking care of the site
After Sergey Kirillov died in 2003, the house is inhabited by his widow Lydia Kirillov Kharitonovna. who with her daughter takes care of the decorated exterior. They get help from volunteers, such as in summer 2012, when a group led by Yevgeny Roizman, who is leader of a social movement in Yekaterinburg, was active in repainting the decorations.
picture (2012) from weblog roizman.livejournal.com
More pictures and documentation
* Weblog Voices from Russia (aug 2012)
* Weblog only-most.ru (in russian)
* Website English Russia
* A video on Vimeo (2008, 3'15"), with shots of the interior
Kunara, Sverdlov region, Russian Federation
can be seen from the street