The centre of the ‘Mirror Field’ audio-visual installation is the symbol of the Tree of Life, which is found in
most religions and mythologies of the world. The Babyn Yar tragedy shows how easily this tree can be destroyed,
and its branches broken.
The structure is made of stainless steel, the podium is in the form of a mirror disk with a diameter of about 40
meters, with 10 columns of 6 meters high installed on it. The columns and the disk were shot through by bullets of
the same caliber that the Nazis used during execution in Babyn Yar.
The installation is available around the clock. During the day, the sky is reflected in it. At night, the light
and the sound of memory pass through the bullet holes, and rays fall from the tops of the columns into the sky.
An electroacoustic pipe organ of 24 pipes is built into the podium. An algorithm for translating the names of
the victims into sound was developed especially for this pipe organ. Each letter in the Hebrew alphabet has its
own number. According to the gematria principle, the names of the victims have been translated into numbers,
which, in turn, set the pitch of the sound. The combination of audio waves of the name numbers creates a common
The main background is overlaid with archival recordings of pre-war Kyiv, unique Yiddish songs of the 1920s and
1930s from the collections of the National Library named after V. Vernadsky restored by the Institute for
Information Recording of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Choral and Memorial Christian music,
Ukrainian and Roma Memorial songs, works by contemporary Ukrainian composers are performed.