Major land art exhibits from Archstoyanie festival

Юлия Абзалтдинова
The Archstoyanie festival of land art was held from July 22 to 24 in Nikola-Lenivets village in the Kaluga Region (140 miles southwest of Moscow). The brainchild of Russian artist Nikolai Polissky, the Archstoyanie international festival this year was themed “Shelter.” We have chosen eight of the most interesting land art installations on show at the 11th edition of the Archstoyanie festival.

‘White Gates’

White Gates is a triumphal arch and entrance to the landscape park in the village of Nikola-Lenivets in the Kaluga region, where the Archstoyanie festival is held annually. The artwork has been created by Nikolai Polissky, the founder of the festival and a major Russian land art artist, who has been living in the village for years.

‘White Gates’ by Nikolay Polissky. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova‘White Gates’ by Nikolai Polissky. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova

‘Bridge’

The architectural bureau Wowhaus built a bridge connecting the village of Zvizzhi with the “Versailles” landscape park.  The walkways can be adjusted, forming places to relax and philosophize. A tin mesh filled with soil has been thrown over the swamp next to the bridge; gradually it will be overgrown with shrubs. This is how modern technical ideas coexist in harmony with nature.

'Bridge,' Architectural bureau Wowhaus. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova'Bridge,' Architectural bureau Wowhaus. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova

‘Cone’

Artists Irina Korina and Ilya Voznesensky have built a huge cone in the forest. The metal skeleton of this 5-meter-high-construction is covered with police defensive shields. The main part of the project is a person: Entering the cone, one appears to have arrived at the centre of the universe, or even to have become the centre.

'Cone' by Irina Korina and Ilya Voznesensky. Source: Oleg Krasnov

'Cone' by Irina Korina and Ilya Voznesensky. Source: Oleg Krasnov

‘Inhabited sculpture for people’

This sculpture can be lived in, where one can hide from any troubles, was created from glass fibre and composite materials. Like an isolation tank, Dmitry and Yelena Kavarga’s work of art creates a protective cocoon around a person, screening them from the world.

'Inhabited sculpture for people' by Dmitry and Yelena Kavarga. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova'Inhabited sculpture for people' by Dmitry and Yelena Kavarga. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova

‘Field Pagoda’

This installation by the Komitet Apollona group and the architectural bureau Patkonen Projects is aimed at harmonizing all the surroundings. Inside is a totem pole with a “wishing -wheel.”  Video-mapping projected on the construction serves as a visual supplement.

'Field Pagoda' by "Apollo Committee" and architectural bureau Patkonen Projects. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova'Field Pagoda' by "Apollo Committee" and architectural bureau Patkonen Projects. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova

‘Buried Geländewagen’

 It is also possible to find shelter in this bunker, created from a Mercedes Geländewagen, which is buried in the ground up to its roof, which has grass growing on it. The result is a well-disguised hiding-place with just one entrance – through the hatch in the roof. The auto-bunker is the idea of the Archipoint bureau.

‘Buried Geländewagen’ by Archipoint bureau. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova‘Buried Geländewagen’ by Archipoint bureau. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova

‘House of the Homeless’

The artist Pavel Suslov has created a temporary shelter using easily accessible and familiar materials – canvas on stretchers. This is not just a sculpture, but a “work in progress.” Each of the more than 250 pieces used to make the shelter can be removed to paint a new work on it. When all the canvases are ready, the installation will be dismantled.

‘House of the Homeless’ by Pavel Suslov. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova‘House of the Homeless’ by Pavel Suslov. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova

‘Personal Universe № 5’

The safe haven for two has been created by Dmitry Zhukov in the form of a funnel or a seashell, hiding Adam and Eve from the future and danger.

‘Personal Universe № 5’ by Dmitry Zhukov. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova‘Personal Universe № 5’ by Dmitry Zhukov. Source: Julia Abzaltdinova

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