The main element of the square is a hyperboloid, reminding the chum of the Taimyr indigenous peoples. It is made of 12 logs, which, like the 12 months of the year, serve as a symbol of the connection between the upper and lower worlds.
The swing towering on the amphitheater personifies the nests of northern birds. The deer figures, the main animals in Taimyr, have become the photo zone.
The fence and at the same time the amulet of the new square are wooden pergolas installed along the perimeter. All of them are decorated with national patterns of indigenous Taimyr ethnic groups.
On the facades of the adjacent houses there are paintings – The Moon and The Sun – another appeal to the northern peoples’ culture.
The square was built thanks to the win of the Taimyr Information Center in the competition of social projects of the Nornickel’s World of New Opportunities charity program.
The project brought together the efforts of the Taimyr administration, the Taimyr Information Center, the Norilsk Development Agency, Nornickel and the Dolgan Union public organization.
Director of the Norilsk Development Agency Maxim Mironov added that the NDA immediately and gladly supported the project:
“Two years ago, the administration of Taimyr approached the agency with a proposal to develop a draft design of the square. We invited a skillful architect – Ilya Mukosey. He introduced several concepts. Together with the residents and the administration of Taimyr, we were choosing what the new square could be. It was important for us to make the territory be in demand by the townspeople, but we also wanted this place to be of interest to the guests of Taimyr, who are growing from year to year. We wanted to emphasize the ethnic component of the territory, to show that Dudinka is the capital of Taimyr, the birthplace of five indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North”.
The square will be used as an open space for various events. It will also become a new tourist attraction, introducing the history of Taimyr, culture and traditions of indigenous ethnic groups to the residents and guests of Dudinka.
Here you can also taste dishes of northern national cuisine and buy ethnic souvenirs. This month, a tourist exhibition Taimyr, Which Is Worth Seeing will be opened here.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Olga Zaderyaka and Norilsk Development Agency