This summer, once again, young German stonemasons will be making the trip to Lviv. Together with their Ukrainian counterparts, they will be working on restoring old buildings in the old town of Lviv using a combination of traditional and modern methods of stonemasonry and restoration. The elements to be replaced will be carved in the courtyard of the Ivan Trusch College, while replacement work and fill-ins will be done on site. This year, one of the projects will be to create cover panels for the staircase pillars of the Church of Our Lady in the Snow. At the end of the workday, drawing lessons and a cultural program await. The joy of working together to preserve the joint cultural heritage of Europe is palpable from the very first day. This project is being carried out in collaboration with thornconcept under the expert supervision of carver Dirk Brüggemann-Bulgakov.
Workshop for Russian and Ukranian Carpenters in Leipzig, Germany
23 July, 2019:
The carpentry training instructors at our partner schools in Yekaterinburg, Russia and Vinnytsia, Ukraine came together with no reservations. As dedicated carpenters, working together transcended everything. The group found connection in their joint desire to learn and exchange ideas. Practical exercises and workplace safety were the main focus of the workshop, which was highlighted by field trips to sites of interest for carpenters as well as a cultural program.
Workshop opens in Kharkiv, Urkaine
6 November, 2018:
The first phase of construction at our new project location for the multiplication of painter training in Ukraine has been completed and the location has officially opened its doors. All classrooms and facilities needed for theoretical and practical training, complete with a warehouse, offices for master craftsmen and bathroom facilities are now ready to use. The modernized vocational training program meets Western standards and will admit 28 students. During a second construction phase next year, the rooms for master painter training will be renovated and fully furnished. This project will be financed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Intercultural dialog project for stonemasons in Lviv
3 August, 2018:
Within the context of the German-Ukranian thornconcept project for stonemasons, another summer building event was hosted in Lviv, Urkaine. Both in the courtyard of the Ivan Trush College for Applied and Fine Art and on a building in the Old Town, directly adjoining the historic “Black House” on market square, damaged building elements were either restored or replaced with newly carved pieces. Here, the public always takes a great deal of interest in the work and the background of the project.
In addition, the group designed and carved two pillars to symbolize the German-Ukranian partnership. These will remain in the courtyard. As always, an array of cultural activities rounded out the events. The participants had the opportunity to explore the vibrant town, its art and its history. The MozArt festival, which took place at the same time, provided an additional opportunity to enjoy the arts. In September, the Ukranian stonemasons will in turn visit their counterparts in the Palatinate area of Germany.
Working hand in hand for our cultural heritage
18 June, 2018:
On the European Day for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, set against the impressive backdrop of the Imperial Baths in Trier, Germany, former and future participants of the Intercultural Dialogue Project for Stonemasons showed off their craft. Between the many informational booths, the small workshop served as a lively draw for many visitors. Graduate stonemason Dirk Brügemann-Bulgakov, who headed the Ukranian side of the project, was available to answer any and all questions the visitors had. The next phase of this joint project with thornconcept.eu will launch on July 18 in Lviv, Ukraine, where German and Ukranian stonemasons will once again work hand in hand.