this picture and the next six courtesy of Olga Likhacheva
One day when retired, he and his wife Nikolaeva (who passed away early 2013) made a trip to the recreation area near the reservoir of Volchkovichi (Ptich), about sixteen kilometers south-west of Minsk. It so happened that during that trip he saw two self-made storks.
This inspired him to make such a couple himself. The result was certainly successful and Zhdan felt motivated to continue making sculptures of animals.
As basic material Zhdan uses polystyrene, occasionally supplemented with an iron frame or some wood for stability.
Polystyrene is a lightweight plastic that is widely used as packaging material during transport of refrigerators and similar household appliances. It is easy to work with a knife and objects made with this material are not so sensitive to weather influences.
Anatoly Zhdan is regularly provided with excess polystyrene packaging by inhabitants of Minsk
The zoo currently holds a lively collection of large variety of animals, like all sorts of birds such as parrots, cranes, pelicans and owls, various predators such as tigers and panthers, and of course zebras, panda bears, and so on.
In short, the livestock that one usually can see in a zoo.
Zhdan’s art environment generally is appreciated by the people living around. It is reported that the site hardly is affected by vandalism, although two storks have been stolen….
As the video below shows the site was on TV. It also got the attention of touristic website Ru-nomad and other touristic websites (see documentation).
* Article ( may 2017) by El Marachi on website Travelphoto.club
* Article (june 2014) on website WhereMinsk
st. Sedykh, 30 Minsk, Belarus
situated in a public park in a residential area