Hyperboloid Cooling Tower “Volcano”

Authors: Nikolay Polissky

Location & Date: Village of Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga Region, 2009

Size: height 18m, base diameter 16m

Urban landscape no longer belongs to people and their houses. Visual space of megapolis is dominated by the constructions of industrial suburbs and a smoking tube is a symbolic image of that. It smokes like a volcano on any plant, electro station or reactor.

“Hyperbolic cooling tower” is an object which can be hardly imagined away from anthropogenic surroundings. So it took an artist to build a huge weaved tower of rods and twigs in the virgin nature of Nikola-Lenivets. It glows and smoke column gushes from it, but with no harm to ecology. Though it offers the audience a chance to see how an anti-eco image of industry is getting sunk and absorbed by the surrounding of nature.