As part of the project, curated by the National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha, the northernmost sculpture of the famous Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel was installed on the embankment of Sajsary Lake in Yakutsk, complementing the urban improvement program.
The artwork made as part of the public art program 5th International Contemporary Art Biennale in Yakutsk BY-18, curated by ARTMOSSPHERE union, the creators of the eponymous Street Art Wave Biennale in Moscow. This is the 8 public art object that finishes the program of the Yakut Biennale of Contemporary Art.
The artist’s works can be found in Moscow, New York, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Paris, and now in Yakutsk: the 4-meter public art object Ancestral Retromirage, cast from steel with sharp spikes and the artist’s signature geometric style in the rainbow gamut was installed in the city, standing on the permafrost. This is the first capital sculpture of the artist (not temporary).
Inspired by Yakut mythology, the Spanish artist turned to the topic of spirituality, reflecting on the fact that the nature of modern man hides the original instincts. Creating a project for the capital of Yakutia, where the power of the elements is strong, he decided to portray the primitive Man without the shackles of civilization, acting as a whole and free person.
According to the chief architect of Yakutsk city, Irina Alekseeva, the sculpture was installed in the most current city location:
“The embankment of Sajsary Lake was included in the program of improvement of key public spaces in 40 Russian cities. The main idea is to create a continuous pedestrian, cycling and running route with functional areas around the lake. The territory in front of the Triumph Sports Complex, near which the sculpture is located, will become an active recreation area. There will be streetball courts, a universal platform for performances, which is possible to use as an ice rink poured on the lake, wooden pedestrian walkways and gazebos for sport fishing.
That’s why we chose this place for our object of contemporary art: a bright accent will begin to attract the attention of young people to this place. Unfortunately, today this area with excellent potential is not fused to its full potential.”
More about the V International Yakut Biennale of Contemporary Art BY-18:
The V-th International Yakut Biennale of Contemporary Art, BY-18, started in April 2018. The organizer was the National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In June 2018, the Museum Development Fund received the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation for the Biennale, within which 8 striking art objects have already been created in the territory of Yakutsk. The curators of the Biennale were Sabina Chagina and Yulia Vasilenko, the founders of the creative union “Artmossphere” and the eponymous street art biennale in Moscow.