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Must-see in Ukraine > Two Giant Fish Images Across the Border Become a Symbol of Polish-Ukrainian Unity

A Polish artist Jaroslaw Koziara created two giant images of fish on the grass on each side of the Polish-Ukrainian border. The tail of the first image lies on the territory of Poland with its head on the Ukrainian territory. The second fish is positioned facing the opposite direction. The artist intends to send the message of unity of the two countries – nature and art know no borders.

Jaroslaw Koziara used 23 different types of crops in order to create images, large enough to be visible from the bird’s-eye view. As a result, an onlooker may get the impression of the two fish swimming across the Polish-Ukrainian border.

The images of giant fish are situated between villages Horodyszcze, Lublin province in Eastern Poland, and Varyazh, Lviv Oblast, Western Ukraine, and were created within the framework of the land-art festival taking place in the area.

The depicted fish symbolize trade between the two neighboring countries, as well as their people crossing the borders and maintaining close, neighborly ties. The images of fish “cut” in half by the line of the border are perceived by a viewer as complete images nevertheless. The intention of the artist is for the art piece to emphasize the artificiality of borders between countries. “Ukraine is not a part of the Schengen Area and thus is the dividing line for the whole European continent. But artists cannot agree with that – this is how we create ideas that bring to life extraordinary border defying projects,” said Koziara.

Poland and Ukraine have had a long history of tight relations. Currently the two countries have established efficient cooperation in political, economic, and cultural spheres. Both Poland and Ukraine will host the EURO 2012 Football Championship after jointly applying for the opportunity to become the ground for the sports event. The pan-European football event is expected to provide a chance for the Europeans to see and experience Ukraine, while Ukrainians will be able to communicate with tourists and football fans from the European Union.

Polish-Ukrainian relations can be traced back to the 16th-17th centuries, when both countries were united in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Kingdom of Poland and the Ruthenian Kingdom (Western Ukraine) carried close ties even in the 13th-14th centuries. Currently, Polish-Ukrainian relations are progressing with Poland supporting NATO-Ukraine cooperation, as well as Ukraine’s goal to join the EU.

According to WNU