The giant artistic installation, ‘Ice library of miracles,’ appeared on the shore of Lake Baikal on Feb. 4, not far from the city Baikalsk (3,200 miles east of Moscow).Kirill Shipitsin/TASS
The giant artistic installation, ‘Ice library of miracles,’ appeared on the shore of Lake Baikal on Feb. 4, not far from the city Baikalsk (3,200 miles east of Moscow). It was created in the form of a labyrinth by local ice sculptors, led by architect Pavel Sannikov.
The installation is built of transparent ice from the lake, and open books are depicted on its walls. On the “pages” of these books are written wishes by people from all over the world.
The organizers opened a website a few weeks ago where people could send in their wishes and dreams. “Even though the site is only in Russian, we started getting wishes from foreign countries,” said Sannikov. “People from France, China, Canada, Germany, and others wanted to join.”
All dreams and wishes are featured on the site’s interactive map, and then etched into the ice. The organization plans to make ‘Ice-library of miracles’ an annual event that will attract tourists to the famous lake. This season, the installation will stay until mid-April.
“In spring, the ice books will melt and run back into the lake in small rivers,” said Sannikov. “Then Baikal can ‘read’ them and, possibly make the wishes come true.”
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