Moscow Mayor Explained Meaning of Unusual Sculpture Located in City Centre

About 10 per cent of companies in Russia belong to the creative industries sector, attracting about 1.5 million people to their activities, TASS reports with reference to the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the country Tatyana Ilyushnikova at the Russian Creative Week forum. 

Picture: Regnum

At the forum, Tatyana Ilyushnikova said that in the global economy, creative industries are growing faster than traditional sectors by 10-15 per cent per year. During the coronavirus pandemic, she said, the sectors of audio and video content production, as well as games, grew faster.

It is reminded that the Russian Сreative Week fest forum (RCW) was held on August 26-29 in Moscow. It was an open discussion of creative industries, business, development institutions, and public opinion leaders. During the entire time of the RCW, more than 700 participants spoke at the events, including members of the government, representatives of the presidential administration, governors, leaders of the Internet industry, heads of mass media, famous artists and scientists.

As part of the Russian Creative Week, Moscow Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, spoke with representatives of the creative industries, KP reports. The conversation also touched upon one of the main cultural topics of this summer, the sculpture “Big Clay No. 4” by the Swiss artist, Urs Fischer, on the Bolotnaya Embankment.

The twelve-metre installation is an enlarged aluminium copy of a lump of clay that Fischer kneaded in his hands, Regnum reported. The art object was placed opposite the main entrance of the ‘GES-2’ House of Culture on the eve of its opening. Earlier, GES-2 was a power station that was converted into a cultural space during the reconstruction (the concept of the new space was developed by the international architectural workshop Renzo Piano Building Workshop under the direction of the Italian architect Renzo Piano).

“He [the Head of Novatek that carried out the reconstruction of GES-2, Leonid Mikhelson] came up to me and asked, ‘Sergey Semenovich, is it possible to do something to draw attention to this object, otherwise they won’t notice it for so long? Let’s put up a sculpture like this?'” Sobyanin confessed.

At the same time, the Moscow mayor clarified that he replied to Mikhelson that Muscovites may appreciate the sculpture but will definitely have different associations.

“I want to say a huge thanks to Leonid Mikhelson because the reconstruction of GES-2 is a world-class object. Believe me, nothing like this has been introduced in Europe in the coming decades, this is just a unique object, just really super,” Sobyanin concluded.

Ru-Main, 31.08.2021 



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