Ukrainian cultural worker Leonid Liptuga and sculptor Oleg Chernoivanov have built a monument to museum workers who, ‘despite the low wages and low prestige of their profession, remain faithful to their work [які попри низьку заробітну плату і невеликий престиж професії, залишаються вірні своїй справі]’. It is a sculpture of a pyramid born aloft by rats. Archaeologist Yakov Gershkovich has been kind enough to explain that they are ‘wise rats‘, which bear ‘an ancient pyramid of knowledge’, and their young.(1)
1: The monument was unveiled on the 1st of April, but it was not an April Fool’s Day joke; the Sculpture Garden of the Odessa Literary Museum was opened on the 1st of April 1995, so the monument was unveiled on the anniversary of the establishment of the garden. The monument also stands for Odessa, ‘a young city standing on ancient land [молодого города, стоящего на древней земле]’.