from the City Park of Odessa, donated to the city in 1806 by the Catalan admiral of Catherine the Great’s fleet and the founder of Odessa, José de Ribas. Here I saw for the first time that in addition to a lion, proclaiming the glory of a city, they also erect a statue to a female lion, symbolizing the homeliness of the same city. It is this homeliness that the city’s inhabitants relive when they come here to look and to be looked at, to photograph and to be photographed, with the statue of the singer Utyosov, with one of the Twelve Chairs, with chinchillas, boas, leguans, and each other.

Leonid Utyosov: У Черного Моря – At the Black Sea

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