November 16, 2017

Tatyana Pika, Украшенный интерьер в многоквартирном доме/Decorated interior in apartment building



Above pictured high rising apartment building in a suburb of Kiev, Ukraine, in recent years housed an extensive art environment. 

Located on the 13th floor, Tatyana Pika's artwork not only included her own apartment, but also the access area shared with the residents of the other flats on the floor.

In the early months of 2017 the creation was removed.


Life and works

The internet hasn't much biographic information about Tatyana Pika. She was born in 1959 or 1960, studied economy and had a relation with a medical institute. 

It's not impossibe that this medical institute was active in the field of alternative therapy, because it has been reported that Tatyana Pika was convinced that creative activities could help to overcome ailments, like she succeeded in curing herself of cancer. She may have been active as a people's healer.

first sight of the creation from the elevator

In the same way it is possible that she began transforming the communal area of the 13th floor into an art environment to rid the area of evil influences, used as it was as a meeting place for young drug addicts.


Anyway, around 2005 Tatyanaa began making her creation, as reported occasionaly assisted by some of the drug addicted youngsters.

Basically the creation consisted of gypsum- and cement-plastered walls and ceilings, as well as floors with tiles and mosaic.The stucco was applied in such a thick layer that it could be modeled in the form of flowers, shells, birds and all kind of ornaments.

Also numerous decorations were added such as mirrors, shells, special stones from all parts of the world, but also dolls and other toys provided by children from the neighborhood.

Bunches of grapes and berries hang from the ceiling.


The color scheme of the walls was rather particular and impressive. It seems that it was directed upon stimulating halluciogenic or spiritual experiences, which was further enhanced by the use of luminous paint that arose in the otherwise dark-haunted atmosphere.

The reports of people who visited the site often spoke of a psychodelic experience in the transition from the elevator to the site, one reality to another. People said this was so unexpected and fast that it simply gave a shock.


Pictured above is the decorated large tube intended to dispose of the household waste, a usual facility in eastern European residential complexes. A portrait of Christ is bricked up above the flap.


The decorations on the walls include a variety of human characters, such as children as in above picture, women, mythical heroes or Cossacks as in the picture below.

But there also are a lot of depictions of animals, such as eagles, wolves tigers, rabbits, crocodiles....


Tatyana also embellished her own apartment with an exuberant amount of decorations, comparable with those in the communal entrance. The video by Polina Polyakova in the documentation has images of the interior.


It would take Tatyana some five years to give her creation the ultimate appearance and scope she had in mind.

Apart from her own apartment, the 13th floor had three other apartments, but allegedly the neighbors agreed with the project and some even assisted in decorating the common access area.


In 2010 for the first time a video of Tatyana's creation was published on You Tube (see documentation).

The site gradually gained more publicity and especially after it was presented in the popular Ukrainian television program Орел и решка (Eagle and tails) the number of visitors increased.

Among the residents of the residential building were both supporters and opponents, the latter often saying they felt disturbed because of the many visitors.


In the course of 2016 Tatyana Pika decided to leave her apartment and sell it. Regarding the underlying reasons nothing has come out.

The apartment was sold indeed. The new owner decided to remove all decorations, which was implemented in the first months of 2017.

Documentation
* Article (2012) on website ArtLine, with a large series of detail photo's of the decorations
* Article (2013) by Artemy Lebedev on his website, also with a large series of photo's 


A selection of videos (more available on You Tube)
* Video by Polina Polyakova The world of Tatiana Pika (9'45", You Tube, published july 2010), with Tatania talking about her creation and shots of the decorations in her apartment

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*Video by Quotephoto, showing decorations in the common area (2'33", You Tube, January 2012)



Tatyana Pika
Decorated interior in apartment building
Radunskaya Street 26, 13th floor
Troieschyna, Kiev, Ukraine
site has been demolished

November 08, 2017

Ninth anniversary of this blog


Bonjour aux promeneurs
Hello walkers
picture of a sculpture by Fernand Chatelain

When on holiday in France in the late 1990's, by chance I visited Picassiette's mosaic decorated house in Chartres. Never heard about such a type of artwork, but very impressed, I started a search for similar creations, first those in France, later those in other european countries.

In 2008, I thought it was time to publish my findings on the internet. So on november 11, 2008, nine years ago, I published my first post in a weblog, named Outsider Environments Europe.

Today this blog exists for nine years and it now includes an inventory of over 400 art environments in a variety of countries in Europe

As in previous years I will relate here some data (as of november 10) about numbers and origin of visitors and about art environments that were most viewed.

Number of visitors

On november 10, 2016 the all time number of visitors was 583287. On november 10, 2017 it was  697157, an increase of 113870, or on the average 312 visitors a day. Over the period 2015-2016 the average was 346.

All time pageviews by country

As in previous years here is the all time rank of top ten countries as regards pageviews:

   1. United States 246640 (rank 2016 idem)
   2. Netherlands  70480 (rank 2016 idem)
   3. France 63440 (rank 2016 idem)
   4. Germany 52103 (rank 2016 idem)
   5. United Kingdom  45788 (rank 2016 idem)
   6. Ukraine 21140 (rank 2016 idem)
   7. Russia 19902 (rank 2016 idem)
   8. Spain 13897 (rank 2016 idem)
   9. Italy 11637 (rank 2016 idem)
 10. Poland 6244 (rank 2016 idem)

The top ten list includes the same countries as in 2016, even in the same order. To my satisfaction the interest from Russia and Eastern Europe is lasting.

Most viewed sites all time

These are the sites with the most all time views (as on november 10):

   1. Abbé Fouré, Sculpted rocks  6308 (rank 2016: 4)
   2. Bill and Elisabeth Charge, Shell garden  6032 (rank 2016: 1)
   3. Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, Palais Idéal  5441 (rank 2016: 2)
   4. Robert Garcet, Tour Eben-Ezer 5127 (rank 2016: 3)
   5. Jose Maria Garrido, Shell decorated interior  4607 (rank 2016: 6)
   6. Robert Tatin, Singular architecture  4392 (rank 2016: 5)
   7. Bodan Litnianski, Decorated garden 3987 (rank 2016: idem)
   8. Chomo, Préludian art 3699 (rank 2016: idem)
   9. Francisco Grajera, Decorated house 3440 (rank 2016: 11)
 10. Joseph Pujiula i Vila, Labyrinth 3284 (rank 2016: 8)

The second place for Bill and Elisabeth Charge just as in 2016 has to due with a one time event. End october 2016 the husband of a granddaughter of Bill and Elisabeth posted a message on the Watford Memories and History page on Facebook, asking -with a link to the relevant post in this blog- if anyone remembered the decorated garden. Thousands of people did remember the site and this resulted in over 5000 hits of the post in a few days time, which meanwhile has grown to over 6000.

For the rest, the top ten contains a slightly variable set of names, with Abbé Fouré, Facteur Cheval, Bodan Litnianski and Chomo from France, José Maria Garrido, Francisco Grajera and Joseph Puiula from Spain, and Robert Garcet from Belgium. 

Erich Bödeker (Sculpture garden) from Germany (13 in 2016) is now on 11 and Karl Junker (Decorated interior), also from Germany,  left the top ten and is now at 12.

Willem van Genk (Arnhem bus station) from the Netherlands, in 2016 on 12, is now on 13. 

On 14 is Jean-Daniel Allanche (Decorated interior) from France. His decorated interior is new in this yearly review. My post about this art environment from end december 2015 was one of the first in the field that introduced his decorated interior on the internet. 

Stephen Wright  (House of dreams) from England is on 15 and Robert Vasseur Mosaic decorated house, garden) from France is on 16. Both already ranked high in former years.

On 17 is Julius Klingebiel (Decorated hospital room) from Germany. He is new in this yearly review. Reports about his decorated room in a closed hospital ward became public in the early month of 2015 and resulted in a lot of interest.

The other most viewed posts relate to Maria Rodriguez (Shell decorated garden, Spain, on 18), Raymond Isidore, also known as Picassiette (Mosaic decorated house, France, on 19) and Yves Floc'h (Kinetic art, France, on 20) 

Eastern Europe and Russia

The past two to three years I have focussed my attention on searching art environments in Eastern Europe and Russia west of the Urals. which so far delivered 54 sites.

These are the sites with all time views above 1400 (as on november 9):
   
Eastern Europe
   Bogdan Ziętek, Interior with sculptures, Poland   2238   
   Václav Levý, Sculpted rocks, Czech Republic, 2166
   Stanislav Sartsevich, Sculpture garden, Ukraine, 2091
   Nicolas Golovan, Decorated house, Ukraine, 2005
   Boguslawa Iwaneskiego, Sculpture garden, Poland, 1587
   Felicja Curylova, Decorated house, Poland, 1577
   
Russia
   Alexander Ladogina, Singular architecture, 1973
   Alexander Emelyanov, Naive architecture, sculpture, 1840
   Pjotr Zhurilenko, Sculpture garden, 1606
   Sergey Kirillov, Decorated house, 1431
   Yevgeny Malakhin (=Bukashkin), Frescoe decorated walls,  1418

Creating art environments is not a kind of competition of course, so above listings are just meant to give an idea of the focus of the visitors who visit this blog.

Pages

This weblog includes a number of pages (a general introduction, a time line, referrals to books, expositions and museums). The all time most viewed pages are the index of sites by region/countries (some 10900 views) and the index of sites by name of artist (some 5500).

A new year of research begins. Let's see what new discoveries it will bring 

October 31, 2017

Spartak Kudukhov, Дом украшен фресками /House decorated with frescoes



In above picture it looks as if the framed paintings as such were attached to the outer walls of the house, but the opposite is true: the paintings were painted directly on the walls and later the frames were added.

This house, decorated by Spartak Kudukov¹ has become a landmark in the Russian city of Borovichi, located about halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg.


Life and works

Kudukhov was born on march 8, 1951 in a rather small village in Georgia in an area not far from  South Ossetia. Already at a youg age he felt he had to become a visual artist and although his father didn't agree at all with such a prospect, the young man persevered and earned enough money to enter the Art College in Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, currently an independent republic recognized by Russia.

After his studies, Kudukhov got a job as a drawing teacher.

Later on he moved to Vladikavkaz, the capital of Northern Ossetia-Alania, a large, industrious city at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, where he worked in a factory. 


Then, in 1979, when Kudukhov was in his late twenties, together with his sister he moved north, to settle in Leningrad (from 1991 on St. Petersburg).

Here he probably manifested himself as a visual artist, because his artistic qualities gave him a job as restorer of paintings at the Hermitage Museum.

One source says this happened in 1988. Since Kudukhov in 1995 moved to Borovichi, in that case he worked seven years at the Hermitage. Other sources say he worked some sixteen years at the Hermitage, which would mean that he began this job soon after his arrival in St. Petersburg.

Whatever the case may be, as he stayed longer in St Petersburg, he wanted to be more independent, he sought rest and he wanted more time to make paintings.

So in 1995 Kudukhov left his room in St Petersburg and moved to Borovichi, a town with some 54.000 inhabitants, where he didn't know anyone and had no relatives or friends.


The house he had bought was fairly dilapidated, so he first had to restore it, a big job he took care of himself.

Kudukhov was a man of art, he liked to read and to write, to make poems and create visual art. Working with daily problems he considered a waste of time. But it so happened that he actually was confronted with the daily reality, when up to three times thieves evaded his paintings and furnishings

These events inspired him to add his paintings to the outer walls of the house in such a way that theft would no longer be possible. 

Gradually Kudukhov's house on Sergeya Lazo street was transformed into an art environment. His paintings generally show images of landscapes such as those found in the vicinity of Borovichi.


Today, Kudukhov's decorated house is generally seen as an enrichment of the city. Around 2005 local and regional newsmedia began to write about the site and its creator.

In recent years Kudukhow has become fully established in Borovichi. He worked as an artist for various firms and companies and he was a teacher at a local high school. Currently in his late sixties he is retired, but he is still active in artistic terms, like he became involved in the restoration of the old paintings in the Trinity Cathedral in Bologoye, a town some 80 kms south of Borovichi.

Exposition

In the spring of 2017 Kudukhov had an exposition entitled Talent is always a joy in the museum of local history of the city of Khvoyninsky, a town some 80 kms nort-west of Borovichi. About thirty of his paintings, mainly showing landscapes, were exposed.

Documentation
* Vitaly Mikhalov, Article (early 2017) Чем пахнет искусство? (What smells like art?), on website of newspaper Bezformata.ru
* Elena Ziminova, Article (august 2015) Бывший реставратор Эрмитажа поселился в Боровичах и превратил свой дом в произведение искусства (The former Hermitage restorer settled in Borovichi and transformed his house into a work of art), on website vnovgorodnews
* Article (undated), Бывший реставратор Эрмитажа превратил свой боровичский дом в произведение искусства (The former Hermitage restorer turned his Borovichi house into a work of art), on website of newspaper vnnnews,ru
* Video (2'01", YouTube, downloaded sep 2016) published by the Douglas Group (a russian
company producing videos for tv)


note
¹ Although Kudukhov was educated as an artist, in my opinion his decorated house deserves to be included in this inventory, because he is an artist by nature, whose way of creating an art environment fully fits in the way of working of those self taught artists presented in this weblog (passionate, without assistents, non-commercially)

Spartak Kudukhov
House decorated with frescoes
7, Ulitza Sergeya Lazo
Borovichi, Novgorod Oblast, Russia
can be seen from the street
streetview (2013)


October 24, 2017

Giancarlo Debertol, Casa La Floriana/The house of Saint Florian


click on pictures to enlarge

Canazei is a community of some 1800 inhabitants in the mountaineous area of the Dolomites in  northern Italy. Currently a busy ski resort, in earlier times it was a rural village inhabited by farmers and workers, among whom house painters who also decorated facades of local houses of which there are still good examples in the village.

Currently the most impressively decorated house is that of self taught artist Giancarlo Debertol ¹

the side of the house facing the Piazza S Floriano

Life and works

Born in 1950 in Canazei and grown up there, Debertol as a young boy already showed his artistic qualities, like at age nine he decorated an interior wall of the parental home with a landscape including Snow White and the seven dwarfs.

Decorating the house became a project of decades, which resulted in an abundantly decorated  house, both inside and outside. At the outside the exterior walls are fully covered with frescoes,
woodcarvings and wooden sculptures..

The project is dedicated to Saint Florian, the patron of the community.


On above picture the saint can be seen, standing front center, just below the overhanging roof, on the upper balcony at the side of the building facing the S Florian Square.

Saint Florian is widely venerated in central europe as the saint who protects houses from fire.

In  Devertol's wooden sculpture he is depicted while giving water from a can.


The picture above gives an impression of the facade as a whole.

It has a rich decoration with woodcarvings, but also a larger number of frescoes which are also applied to the underside of the overhanging part of the roof.


Mostly encircled with floral motives, the many frescoes that decorate the exterior walls depict religious themes, dolomitic landscapes, flowers, birds or churches located in the region.


The village of Canazei is located in a northern area of Italy that borders Austria. The traditional buildings in the community, in former times mostly used as farmhouses or workshops, have an architecture that corresponds with the architecture of farmhouses in western rural Austria.


Characteristic for these buildings are a stone base, a wooden superstructure and a steep, pointed and overhanging wooden roof that is suitable to carry and discharge large loads of snow.

As far as I understand Debertol's house formerly was a mill, which he himself converted into a house, both to inhabit and to use for other activities, such as Debertol's studio, a therapeutic practice of his daughter Gladia Debertol and a shop with souvenirs and regional products.

two guardians
picture (2016, Facebook) by Antonele Giubbini 

As can be seen in above picture, the short side of the house, farthest from the village center, has a small patio and an entrance flanked by two characteristic wooden sculptures, evidently made of logs.  

Debertol regards these as the guardians of the property.

the small garden with miniature constructions
picture (2012, Facebook) by Gladia Debertol 

Not visible from the street is a small garden on one side of the house, which contains a number of miniature buildings made by Debertol.

exposition 2016
picture (2016, Facebook) by Debertol's partner Mirtha Largher

Exposition

Apart from decorating interior and exterior of his house, Debertol llkes making paintings on canvas, including painting landscapes such as those found in the area. Another favourite activity is decorating eggs or egg-shaped models.

Above picture shows a selection of his visual art as shown on a local exposition in 2016 in the context of Canazei's yearly festivity Te anter i tobié (In the middle of the barns, The name of the festivity is in Ladino, the language spoken by the people of the Roman Empire, crossed to the north via roman soldiers and currently still used in Canazei in daily routine).

Documentation
* articles by Giada Carraro on websites Costruttori di Babele and SPACES
* Facebook page edited by Gladia Debertol Casa decorata "La Floriana" nel centro storico di Canazei (the pictures credited in this post as derived from Facebook are on this page)

note
¹ The internet mainly has short (touristic) referrals to this art environment. Only Giada Carraro published a more detailed description of the creation (see documentation) and I would like to acknowledge that some factual information in this post is based upon Giada's work.

Giancarlo Debertol
"La Floriana"
Canazei, Trentino, Italy
see exact location on Mapio.net
can be seen from the street
streetview

October 11, 2017

Józef Chelmowski, Muzeum na świeżym powietrzu/Open air museum




Although Poland has a vivid array of artists and institutes in the field of folk art, the concept art environment is almost unknown, partly because creations in this field are not very common in that country.

But Poland certainly knows art environments. For example Chelmowski's site, in Poland referred to as open air museum.

Life and works

Józef Chełmowski (1934-2013) was born in a family of farmers in Brusy Jagli, a small community
in the north-west of Poland.

He grew up in the tradition and values transmitted in his family from generation to generation and all his life in his daily conversation he would speak Kashubian, the language of old in the area in northern Poland where he lived.

Already as a young boy at school he liked painting and sculpting. The teacher let him do this. "He gave me freedom, so I worked and painted. Nobody taught me, the teacher was not capable of teaching me. I had to discover it all by myself", as Chelmowski says in the video with english subtitles in the documentation below .

Chelmowski amidst the paintings in his house

He completed his primary education, but could not pursue further studies because of illness and the need to assist his parents in running the farm.

Chelmowski later had a variety of jobs, such as ticket-controller in a cinema, porter, lab technician or bee-keeper. But throughout all these years, as a self-taught artist he remained active in painting and sculpting, mainly creating works on religious, philosophical, moral or patriotic themes.

He became a versatile artist, who not only designed visual art,  but also wrote a number of books and constructed installations, such as a Machine for capturing the elements.


In 1972, when he was in his late thirties, he decided to share his work with the outside world and he submitted it to the competition folk sculpture of Northern Poland.  His work was appreciated and since then he has participated in all major events in the field of folk art in Poland.

Chelmowski's fame as a folk artist grew.

Currentl various Polish regional museums have his work in their collection, such as the Ethnographic Museum in Toruń, the Western-Kashubian Museum in Bytow and the Leon Wyczolkowski Regional Museum in Bydgoszcz, which has the largest collection (some 500 works), including Chelmowski's imposant creation the Apocalyps, a 55 meter long and one meter high painting depicting scenes of  John's biblical story.

Creating an art environment

In the late 1970's Chelmoswki began transforming the garden at the backside of the parental home into an art environment. In the mid 1990's, when Chelmoski's fame began to spread widely in Poland, the site began to attract visitors, initially from Poland, but later also from Germany and Scandiavian countries.


A number of walls of the interior spaces were gradually fully filled with his paintings. In the interior one also finds his illustrated books.


In some rooms all sorts of tools and household items were gathered that had to do with daily life in former days, such as old radios, telephones and gramophones, farm equipment, but also old-fashioned billboards.


The garden at the backside of the house includes a large collection of Chelmowsi's woodwork.

Very prominent are the small road chapels, arranged in parallel rows. These wayside shrines (przydrożne kapliczki) are a well known and widespread phenomenon in Poland.

Chelmowski has delivered many of such little chapels on order, but it is very satisfying that in the garden a large number of these creations have met.


The garden also includes beehives and a variety of sculptures depicting saints, angels. farmers, robbers


The exterior walls of the house and the outbuildings are decorated with frescoes. One of these frescoes has the inscription Światło Czas Duch wlada życie which as far as I understand means Light, Time, Spirit, its life....


The entrance of the house is decorated with paintings and carvings. The tympan above the door contains sculptures of Pythagoras, Copernicus and Archimedes..

In 2006 Chelmowski was honored with a Polish cultural award, the silver medal of Gloria Artis.

He passed away in 2013.

After his death his widow Jadwiga Chelmoswki, assisted by other members of the family, took care of the open air museum.

A heavy storm in august 2017 caused damage

In the night of August 11, 2017, house and garden were hit by a heavy storm that caused damage to the house and fences. The works of art have been spared for a significant part, but it has been shown how vulnerable they are.

A crowdfunding action has been initiated to perform the necessary repairs and provide a basis for systematically maintaining the creations

Documentation
* Video by the Muzeum Nardodowe w Gdansku (8'02", You Tube, uploaded march 2011)


* Video by ostanceprobs 3'28",You Tube, march 2011


Józef Chelmoswki
Open air museum
Główna 15, 17
89-632 Brusy-Jaglie (Czyczkowy), Pommern, Poland
visitors welcome

September 23, 2017

Vitaliy Nikolaevich Cherepanov, Усадьба Черепанова/Cherepanov Manor


wooden ladies and the artist (2017)

Three wooden sculptures of well-dressed ladies welcome visitors at Cherepanov's art environment which he began to create in 2001 when he got retired and settled with his wife in the community of Visim (Sverdlovsk region, Russia).

Life and works

Born in the late 1930's or early 1940's in Ilyinka in the Kirov region, Vitaliy Nikolaevich Cherepanov already at a young age showed a talent for creative as well as technical activities. Growing up in a rural environment in difficult times, as a young boy he for example made his own wooden toys.

As a young man he got a job as a tractor driver and mechanic in the agricultural sector, working there until he was conscripted in the military and for some four years was encamped in Kamchatka in the far east of Russia, where he was a mechanic on a submarine.


After military service Cherepanov settled in the 1960's in the city of Nizhny Tagil, an industrial center in the Middle Urals in the Sverdlovsk region. Here he got a job at a company in the field of metallurgy.

And here he also met his future wife, Nina Mihailovna, who has an artistic talent in embroidery.


In his free time Cherepanov made wooden sculptures, paintings and decorations for the interior of his house. He also got some local fame by converting a normal Russian car (a Zaporozehets ) in a semi-sporty car of fairly modern design.

When Cherepanov got retired from work, the couple preferred to change the busy city for a more rural environment. So in 2001 they moved to the small community of Visim, some 50 kms south-west of Nizhny Tagil (of which the village also is an administrative part).

Here Cherepanov found both the time and the space to fully express his creative talent. 

this picture and the next two from touristic website Go To Ural

Creating an art environment

Cheperanov's creative activities brought a major transformation of his house and garden about.

The elongated roof of the living house was fully decorated with a painting in pastel colors depicting a rural landscape.


The exterior walls of the house and the gazebo were decorated with a variety of sculpted woodworks.

These consist of illustrative scenes, such as in above picture the portrayal in high relief of a couple enjoying a drink, alternated with decorations with various geometric patterns, as often can be seen on old Russian farmhouses.

In front of one of the walls two life-size wooden warriors or guards with swords are posted.

a firebird

One aspect of Cherepanov's artistic activity gives this art environment its own specific signature: the series of life-sized wooden sculptures that are mainly derived from beloved Russian fairytales.

So the various stories about the firebird, depicted above, often have to do with a hero leaving for a difficult quest after finding a beatiful feather of a bird.

this picture and the next two: edited screen prints
from the second video referred to in the documentaton

And above pictured Pinocchio, originally a character in a book for children by the Italian author Carlo Collodi, published in 1883, also became a well known character, not least because of the Walt Disney movie that featured him.


Other wooden sculptures include personalities that occur mainly in Russian stories, such as the lady in above picture. With her purse and outdated hat she probably is the old lady Shapoklyak, a character in a story by Eduard Uspensky. Her name is derived from the French name for a specific hat: the chapeau claque.

The crocodile with the accordeon probably refers to a fairy tale by Korei Chukovsky, published in Russia in 1919 with the title Приключения Крокодила Крокодиловича (The adventures of crocodile Crocodile).


Cherepanov's wooden personalites also include characters from daily life, such as in above picture, which might depict the local postman on his daily round.

Actual situation

Begun in 2001, the site currently has become an integral part of the local community. Chereparov and his wife are respected inhabitants of the village and Chereparov even was awarded the title of honorary citizen of the community.

The site attracts a lot of interested visitors, both from Russia and abroad, who often receive a warm welcome.

A museum ?

The village of Visim has touristic potential because of its history, its location near a nature reserve and its various sights. The community already has a house-museum, where the Russian author Dmitriy Mamin-Sibiryak lived.

Local authorities have suggested that the manor could also become an official house-museum, but Cherepanov and his wife feared that this would oblige them too much and they rejected the proposal..

Documentation
* Article (november 2016) on touristic website Nash Ural



Vitaly Nikolaevich Cherepanov
Cherepanov Manor
Kalinina Street 64
Visim, Nizhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk region, Russia
visitors are welcome
link to Google Maps