American architect created a war-torn Mariupol out of gingerbread to draw attention to the war in Ukraine
Velida Kent, an American chief architect and also the wife of an American diplomat George Kent, created a war-torn Mariupol out of gingerbread to raise awareness “of the ongoing struggle facing the country and a celebration of the people’s spirit even amid loss and horror,” the Washington Post reports.
“This is bravery to me. They are a steel people with nerves of steel,” Velida Kent told the Washington Post about Ukrainians.
According to WP, the largest structure of gingerbread is a replica of the steelworks where Ukrainian defenders held off Russian attack for nearly three months. Another depicts the bombed-out Mariupol theater, where Russian bombs killed hundreds of civilians sheltering there. A third shows the city’s maternity hospital damaged in the Russian strike.
Velida hopes to auction the Mariupol gingerbread, with the proceeds benefiting medical funds for injured residents.