The Temple of Poetry
open air
Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Abkhazian poet
and prose writer Bagrat Shinkuba
The Temple of Poetry is a circle of twelve symbols composed of Diana Vouba's non-verbal alphabet signs and her twelve male and female sculptures Highlander.
ARASH – the winged horse in Abkhaz mythology, reminds the Pegasus. A favorite of the muses, a symbol of poetry.
AFY (abkh.) – the lightning. The symbol of creative power. At the same time, lightning is related to light and enlightenment; it symbolizes the Logos that pierces the darkness.
CRADLE – the symbol of emerging life. The waves beneath it are the waves of life and the "Makhajir lullaby".
SCRAP symbolizes Apsuara - the spiritual and moral teaching of the Abkhaz, transmitted
from generation to generation.
FLOWER – the vehicle between God and the prophet.
the symbol of time,
day and night.
CROSS – the main symbol of Christianity.
STAR and LIRA – the emblem and attribute of the poet, the poet's star.
CUTTED STONE – the symbol of Abrskil and the native village of Bagrat Shinkuba - Chlou.
FLOWER – the symbol of rebirth, the constant renewal of nature.
It was the most sacred place in the traditional Abkhazian house. Over the chain the oaths were sworn; a daughter getting married and leaving the family said goodbye to it; the bride of a son was welcomed into the family by going around the hearth. To lose the chain was considered a great shame, to steal it – an insult to all the people of the family that entailed blood revenge. Interestingly: when moving Abkhaz people never left the chains behind, always taking them to a new home.
ALASHARBAGA (abkh.) – the light at the top of the cliff that saves from a false path.

form a circle – the ancient Abkhaz wedding dance Aurashya that symbolizes the unity of the people and their future.
Sukhum, Abkhazia
Material: acrylic on wood