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Nikolay Polissky
Large Hadron Collider
Valerio D’Alimonte, July 6, 2009
Nikolay Polissky/Large Hadron Collider, 2009_Andres Lejona
Nikolay Polissky/Large Hadron Collider, 2009_Andres Lejona
 
Polissky designed Large Hadron Collider on commission for Mudam. The work was freely inspired by the world’s largest particle accelerator bearing the same name, which was inaugurated in 2008. With this series of monumental constructions in elm wood and rush, the artist occupies the Grand Hall as well as one of the former moats of the fortress on which the museum is built: various futuristic machines, reminiscent of power stations equipped with powerful generators from which thick bundles of cabling emerge, project over the visitor. The handcrafted workmanship and rustic features of these structures evoke ancient objects from a long tradition of popular art, while also calling to mind the Russian modernist and utopian architectures of the 20th century. Large Hadron Collider marks a reorientation in Polissky’s approach while remaining a collective adventure firmly linked to Nikola- Lenivets, during which the artist and his team collected the wood and produced all the individual parts of the structure before reassembling it at the museum.

Nikolay Polissky/Large Hadron Collider, 2009_Andres Lejona
Nikolay Polissky/Large Hadron Collider, 2009_Andres Lejona
 
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