Christmas Magic: a public sculpture of the Russian folk character Baba Yaga will appear in the heart of London
On Christmas day the sculpture, devoted to the Russian fairytale heroine Baba Yaga, will be installed on Beauchamp Place. Sitting on a bench, speckled with glowing runes and traditional Russian designs, Baba Yaga will represent a unique diplomat – aside from time and politics. Her task will be to create an intercultural dialogue between two great nations, which are linked by ancient ties.
The opening will take place on December 25th at 2 p.m. on 14-15 Beauchamp Place in London. “This art project is a development of the BY (Baba Yaga) project having various objectives one of which being the story about the best qualities of the Russian people reflected in ancient fairytales. Baba Yaga – one of the most important Slavic mythological characters. She possesses wisdom, magical powers and extreme sensitivity to such a concept as justice. Furthermore, she is a mentor because she passes on her knowledge to the younger generation”, says Irina Lagoshina, the sculptor who has created several works of Baba Yaga for the BY Project.