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    Giant Easter egg "Altar of Nations" on display in Kiev

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     AlexKiev says the painted eggs in the Altar of Nations represented a variety of people, countries and human emotions. 'Images on the eggs represent various sins, secret desires and human fears. By painting them, people were supposed to purify themselves and put together an image that's the opposite of its building blocks,' he says. When taking these images, he says he was impressed by the Altar as an art form. 'It also gives Ukrainians an occasion to look at something beautiful, a vivid contrast to the destruction of historical city of Kiev,' he says.

    His fourth image was selected as our Travel Photo of the Day! See it on CNN.com's travel section.

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    Ukrainian artist Oksana Mas' (MAH-s') is recreating the medieval Ghent altarpiece using wooden Easter eggs. Once finished, the Altar will consist of 3 400 000 eggs. The completed sections are now on display in Kiev, Ukraine, in front of the UNESCO-protected Sophiya Cathedral. That's already 250 000 eggs! They were painted by people from 42 countries, representing all walks of life--from prisoners to monks. Pictures on the eggs depict sins, desires and human fears. The artist's idea was that people could cleanse themselves either by transfering their "dark sides" onto wooden eggs or by contemplating the Altar.

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