'Zern', a teardrop-shaped pavilion in Moscow

The new installation by Vlad Kissel references Slavonic aesthetics and traditional architecture.

Moscow, RUS


img.0 'Zern' by Vlad Kissel.

Vlad Kissel has installed 'Zern', a wooden, teardrop-shaped pavilion, in one of Moscow’s open squares. The structure’s main timber framework also contains other natural materials. At its center, located directly beneath the striking oculus, the artist has included living plants. A bundle of flowers and various botanical grasses sprout from the pavilion’s circular podium.
img.1 The pavilion’s timber structure culminates in a central oculus.

Kissel’s drop-shape construction references traditional, Slavonic architecture and aesthetics. By using this shape, the overall installation takes on a new meaning — an emphasis on our close relationship with past generations and the evolution of the culture’s artistic tendencies.
img.2 The structure’s geometric nature highlights the complexity of the shape’s construction.
img.3 The flowers and grasses are located below the structure’s central oculus.
img.4 One enters the pavilion and encircles the central vegetation.
img.5 The overall structure has a commanding presence in the open square.
img.6 Vegetation also surrounds the exterior foundation of the structure.
img.7 The structure is composed of a series of wooden, puzzle-like pieces.
img.8 Despite the use of rectangular wood segments, the structure maintains an effortless curve.
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