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“Buy an Icon – Save a Life” is an art project of Kyivan artists Sofia Atlantova and Oleksandr Klymenko aimed at supporting the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH), a non-government project that employs civilian medics to provide medical aid to both militants and civilians in the Joint Forces Operation (formerly Anti-Terrorist Operation) zone in Eastern Ukraine.

Feb. 2, 2020, Vatican City. On behalf of five bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia visiting the Vatican on ad limina apostolorum, Pope Francis was presented with an icon of Saint Apostle Peter by Oleksandr Klymenko

Exhibitions of the icons on ammo boxes, brought from the combat zone, have already been held at the European Parliament, Parliaments of Ukraine and Lithuania, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, and the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine. The icons have been displayed in Antwerp, Berlin, Bloomington, Bonn, Catania, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Chicago, Edmonton, Frankfurt am Main, the Hague, Iași, Munich, Hanover, Leipzig, Lublin, Los Angeles, Milan, Montreal, Ottawa, Paris, Philadelphia, Prague, Radomyshl, Rome, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Winnipeg, as well as the Ukrainian cities of Dnipro, Fastiv, Lutsk, Lviv, Mariupol, Kamyanske, and Pokrovsk. Exhibitions of the icons on ammo boxes were also part of the 25th Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland, and the 8th Kyiv Security Forum, and were held in the University of Alberta in Canada, the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, and the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences of St. Thomas Aquinas in Kyiv.

Dec. 7, 2018, Kyiv, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania. PFVMH Supervisory Board Chairman Gennadiy Druzenko has just given President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė a Guardian Angel icon painted on an ammo box fragment as a present for her consistent support of Ukraine

The main idea of the project is the transformation of death (symbolized by ammo boxes) into life (traditionally symbolized by icons in Ukrainian culture). What is important, this victory of life over death happens not only on the figurative and symbolic level but also in reality…

More on the project development history here >>>

 

 

Icons to order:

Most of the icons below are in the collections of museums, galleries, and private persons, as well as in churches, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It means that to buy an icon painted on an ammo box board you first need to order one by proceeding in two simple steps:

1. Donate an amount equivalent to the icon price to the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (please go to the Support PFVMH page); and

2. Email us a confirmation of your donation, specifying the icon you are ordering (e.g., “Our Lady with the Child 46х51cm”) and providing the address to where the icon should be delivered (at icons@medbat.org.ua);

Your order will be fulfilled within one to six months after your donation.


#1

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady with the Child
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
Board origin: near Horlivka, Donetsk Oblast.
The box was brought by PFVMH volunteers

$2,700

#2

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
The Savior
45х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, camouflage fabric, acryl.
Board origin: Avdiyivka Industrial Zone, Donetsk Oblast.
The box was brought by PFVMH volunteers

$2,500

#3

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint George and the Dragon
48х53cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: Avdiyivka Industrial Zone, Donetsk Oblast

$2,700

#4

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of Zhyrovitsy
45х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: Avdiyivka Industrial Zone, Donetsk Oblast

$2,600

#5

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Nicholas
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: near Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast.
The board was a present given by Ukrainian Marines

$2,700

#6

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Archangel Barachiel
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera.
Board origin: near Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast.
The board was a present given by Ukrainian Marines

$2,500

#7

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Peter
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera.
Board origin: near Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast.
The board was a present given by Ukrainian Marines

$2,200

#8

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of Brotherhood Monastery
35х40cm
Ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#9

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady on Camouflage Fabric
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#10

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
The Savior on Camouflage Fabric
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#11

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Peter
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#12

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady the Never-fading Blossom
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,100

#13

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#14

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Seven Arrows (The Softener of Evil Hearts)
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#15

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Nicholas
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#16

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
The Guardian Angel
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box board, camouflage fabric, acryl.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#17

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint John the Evangelist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#18

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Matthew the Evangelist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#19

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Luke the Evangelist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#20

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Paul
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#21

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
The Head of Saint John the Baptist
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,000

#22

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saints Faith, Hope, and Charity with their mother Sophia
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,100

#23

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Barbara
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine

$2,100

#24

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
The Holy Face (Mandylion) on Camouflage Fabric
35х40cm
AKM ammunition box lid, acryl.
Board origin: village of Pisky, Donetsk Oblast

$2,100

#25

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Nicholas
45х85cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The board was brought from Pisky village

$4,000

#26

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Savior
39х112cm
Shell box fragment, tempera.
Place of origin: Popasna.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff

$4,500

#27

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of Bogolyubovo
31х89cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Novotroitske

$3,700

#28

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
The Softener of Evil Hearts
31х89cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Novotroitske

$3,700

#29

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of Kozelschyna
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Horlivka

$2,600

#30

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Avdiyivka

$2,600

#31

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Archangel Michael
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Horlivka

$2,700

#32

Sofia Atlantova & Oleksandr Klymenko
The Crop Saver
46х51cm
Weaponry box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff from near Avdiyivka

$2,600

 

Download
“The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet (January 2019), 4.5 MB
Download “The Icons
on Ammo Boxes” booklet, 1.45 MB
Download
the “Ilovaysk Deisis” catalog, 6,03 MB
Download the “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” catalog,
36 MB

 

Download
“The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet (January 2019), 4.5 MB
Download “The Icons
on Ammo Boxes” booklet, 1.45 MB
Download
the “Ilovaysk Deisis” catalog, 6,03 MB
Download the “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” catalog,
36 MB

 

Download
“The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet (January 2019), 4.5 MB
Download “The Icons
on Ammo Boxes” booklet, 1.45 MB
Download
the “Ilovaysk Deisis” catalog, 6,03 MB
Download the “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” catalog,
36 MB

 

Download “The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet (January 2019), 4.5 MB
Download “The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet, 1.45 MB
Download the “Ilovaysk Deisis” catalog, 6,03 MB
Download the “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” catalog, 36 MB
Video: “Art that Saves Lives: Contemporary Ukrainian Icon Painting. Originally presented at the Folklore Lunch organized by the Kule Folklore Center at the University of Alberta on October 6, 2017”

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