The vanishing logo
for the vanishing Zone
Few people don’t know about the tragedy that occurred on April 26, 1986 at Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. One night turned the place of the future into a place of memory reminding the world of the price of human error. But few people know that the cities of Chornobyl Exclusion Zone are gradually disappearing: they are being destroyed by time and absorbed by nature. This means that over time, people won’t be able to see the direct consequences of the disaster that changed the world.
We decided to create the Exclusion Zone’s branding to draw attention to the disappearing places of memory. We want people to have a chance to see everything with their own eyes and learn an important lesson: every action has a consequence.
for a strong image
We needed to find a strong visual image that would make people think. And realized that a standard logo won’t have enough power: a static icon simply can not contain such an important message. So, we created the first vanishing logo in the world.
The basis for our logo is the shape of the fourth reactor, which was the place where
it all began. This is the starting point
for the logo, as if it were Chernobyl’86 logo.
Every year the image changes and gradually disappears. The end point of the logo's existence is 2064, when Chornobyl Power Plant will be completely decommissioned.
This way we close this cycle of history and open some space for a new one.
Altering visual system
Next, we created the whole visual system around the logo. Just like the logo, it changes every year. However, we have decided that these changes will not take place every January 1, but every April 26 instead. From now on, the new year in Chornobyl will begin on this day.
Not a souvenir,
but a part of history
The new visual system, changing every year, makes each item a collector's item and turns it into a part of history. It also gives us the opportunity to combine past and future in one space, reminding people that the past always influences the present.
Together with Other Land studio and Orient Web Development, we also created a new website for the Zone. Its main idea also lies in the intersection of times: past, present and future. So that the users could travel through time. You can visit the new website here: chornobyl.today
04.26.86 Chornobyl changed the world. And now Chornobyl
is changing with it.
Ministry of Environmental Protection
and Natural Resources of Ukraine
Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine – Roman Abramovskyі
First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine – Bogdan Borukhovskyі
State Agency on Exclusion Zone Management
Deputy Head of State Agency on Exclusion Zone Management – Maksym Shevchuk
Head of State Agency on Exclusion Zone Management (2015–2019) – Vitaliy Petruk
Head of Art – Yegor Petrov
Creative Director – Oleksandra Doroguntsova
Creative Director – Taras Dzendrovsky
Head of Strategy – Anastasiia Markova
Senior Strategist – Anastasiia Pecheritsia
Senior Strategist – Trehub Mykyta
Senior Art Director – Aleksey Dуvysenko
Senior Copywriter – Anastasia Burganova
Designer – Danya Nesterevych
Team Lead – Daryna Gavrilova
Project Manager – Masha Matvyeyenko
Motion Deigner – Yurii Khomovskyi
Designer – Natasha Tomova
UX designer — Liliya Kizlaitis
Project Manager – Anna Kiziriia
Art Director – Artem Ivanov
Orient Web Development
Senior Web Developer – Andrey Morozow