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Think You’ve Seen Basket Weaving? This Russian Sculpture is 72-Feet-Tall

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Nikolay Polissky woven sculpture Beaubourg 1

Russian artist Nikolay Polissky recently completed a huge 72-foot-tall woven sculpture he’s calling Beaubourg. The beautifully sinuous piece looks a bit like Dr. Seuss took a course in weaving and never looked back. The 12 saxophone-esq sections are made from birch twigs and supported by an internal steel structure that conceals a spiraling staircase in the center. Even with the metal supporting elements, it’s striking to see such a lightweight structure of this size.

The piece was inspired by Polissky’s recent trip to France where he observed the unique Pompidou Center and its trademark hollow tube construction. As a tribute, he named the sculpture Beaubourg after the building’s location in one of the oldest districts in Paris… and like the City of Light, the sculpture is beautifully illuminated at night.

The sculpture is the centerpiece for a series of art and music events taking place in the Nikola-Lenivets art park just outside Moscow. It’s hardly the first time Polissky has created such a fantastic space to experience at the location. His last large construction was called Universal Mind and functioned as a dance floor by night and hangout by day (see pictures below).

For more on this artist (with no fear of large scale), seriously, check out his website at polissky.ru.

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Universal Mind: Polissky’s 2012 construction for the Nikola-Lenivets art park just outside Moscow.

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Nikolay Polissky woven sculpture Universal mind 9

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Nikolay Polissky woven sculpture Universal mind 12

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