Ukrainian sunflowers bloom in wintery Manhattan

January 23,2023 599
Ukrainian sunflowers bloom in wintery Manhattan

An installation of 335 sunflowers representing each day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine was set up at New York City’s Flatiron Plaza from Jan. 19-22. The exhibit, hosted by the government of Poland within the Unify Ukraine Campaign, was intended to mark Ukraine’s National Day of Unity, which was celebrated on Sunday, and raise awareness and support for Ukraine.

The visitors were invited to take photos in front of the sunflower garden and share them on social media, thus showing support for the millions of displaced refugees and those who have remained at home to fight for freedom.

“We decided to go on with this campaign to raise the awareness that, first of all, the war is not over, but everyone can contribute and help Ukraine in various ways,” said Adrian Kubicki, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, on a radio interview. “By this campaign, we tried to encourage American people to think of Ukraine and the ongoing dynamics [of the war]. We don’t know the future and cannot become indifferent.”

Sunflower is considered one of Ukraine’s symbols.

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