If I am completely honest, I’m not a big fan of urban monuments. The ones dedicated to historical figures and famous people are most of the time very straightforward (my personal opinion), while the ones erected for decorative purposes are… just not my cup of tea. Still, there are two monuments that I love. One of them is Hoppeditz in Düsseldorf. You can find the other one, dedicated to filmmaker Sergey Parajanov, in Tbilisi.
Parajanov’s monument is located in Bambis Rigi, in the heart of the Old City. It was created by Georgian artist Vazha Mikaberidze and unveiled in November 2006 – the year when the filmmaker would have turned 80. Often called “the flying monument”, it was inspired by probably the most famous photo of Parajanov, “In Flight”, made by photographer Yuri Mechitov.
Sergey Parajanov was born in Tbilisi and during the Soviet period worked in Georgian, Armenian, and Ukrainian cinema. His name acquired worldwide fame for his outstanding, often controversial art of movie making. However, most of his films were banned in the Soviet Union, as they were found non-compliant with the Soviet ideology.
The feeling of a free spirit, of not giving up and continuing doing what makes you happy – that’s what I love the most about this monument.