Guido van Helten's Mural Art Project in Chernobyl
Australian artist Guido van Helten and Ukrainian Arts coordinator and Filmmaker Geo Leros from Ukraine collaborated on the first street art mural project to be created within the Chernobyl restricted area in Ukraine. Working in a photorealistic style, Guido van Helten created the painting from a photograph taken by renowned photojournalist Igor Kostin during the disaster to commemorate the 30thanniversary of the Nuclear catastrophe which occurred on the 26th April 1986.
The work was created with assistance from the Chernobyl district authorities inside disused and unfinished Chernobyl Reactor 5, which was under construction at the time of the accident. Guido van Helten chose to recreate the work of Igor Kostin in the mural who was famous for first documenting the disaster as it happened in 1986 and spent many years of his life documenting the strenuous clean up activities following the disaster sacrificing his health for his cause and playing a great part in sharing the dangers of nuclear accidents with the world. Igor Kostin passed away in 2015.