“And the wild things roared their terrible roars
and gnashed their terrible teeth
and rolled their terrible eyes.”
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
High above Kyiv, on land that once defended the ancient city, the wild things roam. They cling to walls, perch on pillows, and pose as fountains. They exist for one reason alone … to delight! With stunning views over the Dneiper River Valley, Landscape Alley (Peysazhna Alley) is home to whimsical creatures that enthrall locals and visitors, young and old alike.
The smile-inducing sculptures, benches, and walls are mosaic tile masterpieces created by Ukrainian artists and fashion designers. The mere existence of the park represents a victory of citizens and art lovers over developers and big government.
As we walked along the winding paths, children cavorted in the Alice and Wonderland playground, lovers snuggled in Bunny Benches, and grandparents strolled hand-in-hand on the way home from the market.
Kyiv’s charming Landscape Alley can be a bit tricky to find the first time. Here’s the easiest way to get there.
Directions: With your back to St. Andrew’s Church, look directly ahead at the fork in the road. Take the right fork, walk past the craft shops. Immediately AFTER the large blue/green building on your right take the street to the right. Walk straight ahead approximately 100 yards, and Landscape Alley is on your left. Woohoo!
“Let the wild rumpus start!”
― Maurice Sendak