Planning family trip to Kiev? Landscape Alley should be on your list.
Each city has its hidden jewels. In Kiev (Ukrainian: Kyiv), one such treasured place is called Landscape Alley (known also as Peizazhna Alley or Sculpture Alley). It is one of the most colorful locations in Kiev. We first heard about it from our Ukrainian friend when we lived in this amazing city. Once we’d discovered it, we visited Landscape Alley a lot, each time enjoying the beauty of this place – its radiance and uniqueness.
Landscape Alley is truly unique. It combines art, nature, a magnificent view of historical Podil, and a family-friendly space to rest, play and take a stroll. Once you enter the Alley you feel as if you’d just entered a fairy tale world filled with peculiar creatures such as 30-meter cat-centipede or more familiar characters such as the Little Prince from Saint-Exupéry’s book or the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. All sculptures are covered with the bright mosaic tales and some of them morph into benches, playground constructions, or fountains.
Landscape Alley: View of historical Podil
Landscape Alley: 30-meter cat-centipede
Landscape Alley: Bizarre elephant fountain
Landscape Alley: Hugging zebras fountain (or as some call them “Zebras in Love”
Landscape Alley: Rabbit and bird-shaped branches
Landscape Alley: Angels sitting on stacks of pillows
Landscape Alley: Statue of the Little Prince
The Alley consists of three playgrounds:
“Alice in Wonderland” themed playground with two medium-sized slides, the Cheshire Cat in the middle, the White Rabbit and a big tea cup – perfect for hiding or taking a family photo.
Landscape Alley: “Alice in Wonderland” themed playground
“Two Worlds” playground, in which each sculpture has a meaning and belongs to either the negative or positive side of the world. Sculptures such as donuts and fruits represent well-being and the world of goodness. While a spider, scorpion and tortoise depict mobsters and the negative side of the world. A symbolic river and a bridge unite the two worlds.
Little kids playground with a see-saw, small carousel, sand box, and swings decorated with colorful birds, a mouse house, and other friendly creatures.
Next to the children’s part of the Alley there is another gem: “Kiev Fashion Park” presenting modern Ukrainian sculptures and installations such as bizarre bench-swing or a Ukrainian version of Brussels’ famous Manneken Pis.
To find this amazing fairly tale land, you have to turn off from Velyka Zhytomyrska Street or approach the Alley from the Andriyivskyy Descent (“Spusk”) near the National History Museum.
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