POSTED: May 7th 2013

Sochi 2014 Bench of Peace project kicks off in Moscow

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad presented five decorated benches as part of the “Bench of Peace” project. Well-known cultural and artistic figures will paint street benches in the motif of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, as well as depicting the Mascots of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The project began on 4 May with help from the Moscow Department of Culture and will include the painting of 300 benches covering one half-kilometre of the Kuznetsky Most pedestrian street in Moscow. Fifty benches will also be present in Sochi at the Games.

Andre Bartenev, the Artplay Center of Design, the “Vinzavod” Center of Modern Art, Igor Beroev and Ksenia Alferova’s charity foundation “I exist!” and Konstantin Khabenski’s charity foundation are just a few of the professional artists and representatives of art and charity organisations involved in the project. “Our Sochi 2014 Champion” Paralympic alpine skier Aleksander Alyabiev also participated in painting a bench.

“I am really happy to be taking part in such a big artistic project as the ‘Bench of Peace,’” Alyabiev said. “What is great is that regardless of the variety of themes and paintings on the benches, there will be a harmonised look to it all. That is probably one of the main ideas of the project – to highlight what brings us all together, despite our physical, emotional and ideological differences. My drawing will no doubt be of a Paralympic sports, seeing that in less than a year one of the most important sporting events will begin – the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.”

Master classes in arts such as ceramics, pottery, sewing, sculpture, decorative patterns, Easter egg painting and doll-making were offered to the public on 5 May as part of “Table of Peace.” Popular restaurants also invited participants for meals and the evening was concluded with several concerts in the area.

Most of the benches will remain in Moscow until the end of summer, while others will be kept to send to Sochi along with “Benches of Peace” from other regions of Russia.        

Keywords · Olympics · Sochi 2014 · Paralympics · Skiing · Moscow ·

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