Tsoi Wall

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Tsoi Wall

The Tsoi Wall (Tsoi's Wall, Russian: Стена Цоя) is a graffiti-covered wall in Moscow, dedicated to musician Viktor Tsoi and his band Kino. The wall is located at the house №37, at the intersection of Arbat Street and Krivoarbatsky Lane and is considered one of Moscow's landmarks.[1] It is customary for Tsoi's fans to leave a broken lighted cigarette in the special ash plate by the wall.[2]

Frequently visited by Tsoi's fans, the wall has become a place to hide a note for a friend or arrange a meeting. There are also memory walls of Tsoi in other cities, such as Saint Petersburg, Khabarovsk,[3] Dnipropetrovsk and Sevastopol.[4]

History[edit]

The wall was first inscribed on 15 August 1990 with "Viktor Tsoi died today" (Сегодня погиб Виктор Цой) in black.[5] Subsequently someone inscribed a reply: "Tsoi is alive!" (Цой жив!)[5] Later, many other inscriptions were added, including snippets from Kino's songs "Pachka sigaret" ("Pack of Cigarettes") and "Ya ne lyublyu, kogda mne vrut" ("I Don't Like When They Lie to Me"). In 2006 the wall was painted over by the Art Destroy Project members, but the graffiti was restored by Tsoi's fans. In 2009 the Moscow authorities announced plans to renovate the wall, but the plans were met with skepticism and were dropped.

A monument of a barefoot Tsoi, sitting on a motorcycle, was planned to be installed near the wall, but the idea was rejected by local residents and Tsoi's fans.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bushnell, John (2001). Consuming Russia: popular culture, sex, and society since Gorbachev. Duke University press. pp. 409, 410. ISBN 0-8223-2313-3. 
  2. ^ a b (Russian)"Стена Виктора Цоя на Арбате". Culttourism.ru. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Victor Tsoi Painted On An Abandoned Movie Theater In Khabarovsk". Mysouth.su. June 22, 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wall in memory of Viktor Tsoi". Otrokov Alexander. May 12, 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Daria Gonzales (March 22, 2012). "Street art with an intelligent face". Russia Beyond the Headlines. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 

Coordinates: 55°44′57″N 37°35′27″E / 55.7491°N 37.5909°E / 55.7491; 37.5909