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Shadow of the Sky : Reimagining a Scarred Landscape Qiu, Changwei


Located in Hostomel, Ukraine, this project focuses on healing and renewing a site devastated by conflict. Drawing inspiration from the Ukrainian Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world’s largest aircraft ever built by the Soviet Union, the project repurposes the craters left by the aircraft’s destruction on February 24, 2022, at Antonov International Airport as symbols of resilience and hope. Employing ecological restoration measures, a series of strategies are used to transform the craters into features that celebrate life and renewal, while also honoring the past and looking towards the future. This innovative approach to monument-making is a testament to the transformative power of humanism, demonstrating how creativity and a sustainable mindset can contribute towards a more peaceful and harmonious world. Aiming to encourage others to work towards a better future, this project emphasizes the value of community, resilience, and hope in the face of tragedy. Through its creative vision and dedication to sustainability, it offers a powerful example of how we can find strength in adversity and rebuild in harmony with the environment.

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