Ternopil amateur gives second life to rundown churches
Volodymyr Krisa and his completed projects
A 32-year-old man is not an architect by profession. He works as an engineer in the Internet provider company. He got involved in restoration in 2011as a hobby. And this activity almost immediately grew into something bigger. In December 2016 - January 2017, the works of Krisawill be presented at the exhibition in Ternopil regional museum, which opened on St. Nicholas Day, December 19.
“At first I reproduced thearchitectural models by layouts found on the Internet. Everyone can find, print out and reproducethem. But much more interesting isproducing themodels from beginning to end. It is hard work that requires analysis of all available material about the structure, independent production of drawings,” says Volodymyr Krisa.
It is in this way - through knowledge of history, he recreated the temples of Ternopil:the Dominican church - the presentArchcathedral of the UGCC, NadstavnaChurch of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Jesuit and parish churches, the old synagogue. This is the basis of Volodymyr Krisa’s collection. The craftsman uses cardboard, fiberboard, paper, wood as materials.
“First I created architectural models of Cologne Cathedral, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, St. Basil church in Moscow, St. Michael Church in Hamburg based on the ready layouts. In January-March 2015,I madethe first construction layout of a derelict church,” Volodymyr Krisarecalls. “In January-June 2015,I made amodel of the archcathedral. But I amworking only in my spare time. To sum itup, the whole project lasts about a month. Recently I have completed the Jesuit church architectural model - I worked on it throughout October-November 2016.”
The architectural model of Ternopil parish church of 1904-1908 made by Volodymyr Krisa. The temple was destroyed in 1954 with explosives.
Now Volodymyr Krisa is working on the layout of the Medium Church –this is how the residents of Ternopil have called the Church of the Nativity of early XVII, located in the city center.
“I plan to create a park full of architectural models. I am not only interested in the architecture of Ternopil, Ukraine and all. I think this park will be interesting for tourists –the craftsman continues. “But I need time to implement the plan and I lack it so far. Of course, it would be nice if there were a partner ready to cooperate in this area.”
By the way, Volodymyr Krisawas an active participant of another symbolic project – the creation of a bronze model of Ternopil in 2015-2016, which was installed this year near the Archcathedral. It is possible to discern details of old city, almost completely ruined during the Second World War.