The Trans Canada Trail traverses the City of Sudbury. Almost at its mid-point is a unique feature at Hnatyshyn Park in the heart of Sudbury. This is the Altanka Garden project of the Ukrainian community for all Sudbury citizens developed adjacent to the Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre.
The gateways are composed of a shingled roof over an intricate iron gate design which includes stalks of wheat, a periwinkle flower, Ukrainian Seniors’ logo and leaves, as well as elements from other indigenous Ukrainian architectural motifs.
Almost 2 meters by 3 meters in size, outlined by a border of scotch moss, the inlaid pysanka design is defined by an oval egg-shaped stainless steel frame. The traditional pattern is symbolic- wheat for staff of life, grazing stags signifying health and prosperity, and a tree of life for renewal, creation, and organic unity is encompassed by a meander signifying eternity.
The Pich – Outdoor Bake Oven. The pich has been a long enjoyed outdoor bake oven. Transported from a home in Ukraine to Canada. Since these ovens have fallen out of everyday use they became objects of nostalgia, now used for special events
The Pool and Fountain: The garden holds a beautiful pool fountain which is graced by two bronze cranes- Symbolic of spring in Ukraine.
Conversational Swing: The unique cedar swing is topped by the characteristic shingled roof element – a unifying structure of the Altanka.
The garden consists of three identifiable sections providing a safe walking space for our residents. A variety of trees, shrubs and flowers are combined to give a fresh environment.
Bandurist: Brought to the Barvinok Garden in 2003 the “Bandurist” is a sculpture evoking the ancient tradition of wandering minstrels whose epic songs known as Dumas, spoke of the Ukrainian longing for freedom and independence.
Tryzub: The Tryzub is a symbol of nationhood, the sculpture commemorates the contribution of Ukrainian settlers in the Sudbury area.
The design of the sculpture is based on the symbol of the Ukrainian nation – the trident. The stylized form signifies the three waves of immigrants who settled in Canada – the first prior to the First World War of 1914, the second in the inter-war period and the third, shortly after the Second World War.
The triangular stainless steel components are also in a trilon form, one of the strongest geometric shapes, suggesting the strength that these immigrants demonstrated in tackling the unknown and winning a livelihood for their families, and a promising future for the generation that followed them.
The sculpture is set on an equilateral triangle of limestone, signifying faith, culture and pride of heritage of the Ukrainians who settled here.
The surrounding base, also in rugged limestone, suggests the three main industries –railroading, mining and lumbering, which made their existence possible in a harsh environment.
Hnatyshyn Memorial Sculputre: Established In 1991 to celebrate the centennial of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. It was named after the Honourable Ray Hnatyshyn, and officially unveiled by him in 1994. Hnatyshyn was the grandson of Ukrainian pioneers who arrived in Canada in 1907.
Ukrainian Genealogy Group
Hnatyshyn Foundation: http://www.rjhf.com/