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urbanks is a labour of love, a one-man band. There isn’t, strictly speaking, an ‘us’. As a solo project, the urbanks website grows incrementally, one page at a time. Concerned with urbanity, urbanks looks at the historical and geopolitical events that have shaped our towns and cities, primarily those of the 20th century.

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Chernobyl Trumpeting Angel

In 2011, on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a Trumpeting Angel monument was opened in the centre of Chernobyl. The Trumpeting Angel was chosen because of the following biblical passage from Revelation 8:10-11:

‘And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.’

A spooky anecdote is that Chernobyl is the Ukrainian word for ‘wormwood’.

Arranged adjacent to the Trumpeting Angel monument are the street signs of all the towns and villages that were evacuated during the creation of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone following the nuclear disaster of 1986.

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