The fountain Cosmonaut, created by the sculptor Oleksandr Vіtryk is located on Polovyi Maidan (square) in Zhytomyr. This area had no name until 1982: in 1977 there was an attempt to name it in honour of the Party politician Mikhail Kalinin (1875-1946), but this project was not approved for unknown reasons. Interestingly, in 1982, the square's name was dedicated the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union but the houses that were located here were not addressed appropriately, in correspondence to the new name, so the identification of to the area with the anniversary had no practical meaning. The modern name — Polovyi Maidan — was approved in 1993; it originated from the research field of the Zhytomyr Agricultural Institute (now the State Agroecological University) and the production field of the Zhytomyr Factory of Medicinal Plants that were previously located on this territory.
During the design of the fountain, the artist took into account the environment of the future work and placing the sculpture in the center of the round court. The composition is also formed with the rounded shapes: the pedestal of the figure, the planet and the tape, which forms the border, overcome by the figure of the cosmonaut. The latter visually forms a curve that crosses the sculpture — thus the artist achieved balance in the object. In general, the composition of the fountain is constructed geometrically, but the sculptor has located the main axes rather in a non-trivial manner, using asymmetric lines instead of parallel or perpendicular ones.