Near the legendary university on Kontraktova Square there is a bronze monument to its famous student, wandering philosopher and writer Hryhoriy Skovoroda. As if he came from afar and stopped in front of his alma mater. The monument was installed more than 30 years ago, this is the work of the famous sculptor Ivan Kavaleridze.
Hryhoriy Skovoroda (1722 - 1794) was one of the most talented students of the Academy. His main philosophical postulate was the idea of "akin labor." He proved with his whole life that happiness consists in discovering in yourself a talent, build on it all your life, doing your work easily and with and with pleasure.
Skovoroda knew several foreign languages. He traveled a lot, leading the way of life of the wandering philosopher-theologian. Most of his philosophical writings are written in a dialogical form. In his works, Skovoroda almost never quotes anyone and does not refer to anyone. During his lifetime, the works of the philosopher were not published. But 50 years after his death, his portraits began to appear in the houses, which speaks of people's love and recognition.
Twice a year students of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy wash the Skovoroda monument on Academy’s Day on October 15 and June 28, when the graduation ceremony takes place at the university. And in the summer the monument is also dressed in a mantle specially made for him and a student's hat - bonnet. To participate in the ritual of ablution of sculpture is considered a special honor for the students of the university.
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