Sculptor Roman Ermakov created a 6-metre sculpture titled ‘El Skyscraper’ artwork for Ural public art Festival CHӦ in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
The colour block sculpture was placed in the city square of Ekaterinburg. Skyscraper is from the series ‘Dancing Axis of the Fifth Dimension’ and corresponds to the motto of the festival “Stand firmly on your feet“.
The seemingly unstable colourful assembly addresses the viewer about the importance of balance and one’s adaptability to changing circumstances. The sculpture, despite its apparent instability, is stable. This is the basic idea: stability is not solidity, but flexibility. If we are flexible and easily adapt to new situations, then we are more stable in life.
Roman Ermakov’s solidified abstraction has morphed into a remarkable urban sculpture that is now taking its turn to transform its surroundings.
El Skyscraper is comprised of 17 colourful shapes with the artwork’s total height reaching 6 metres.
The vibrant colours of the artwork stand out against a backdrop of greenery from the park.
However, currently, it has a white background due to the snow, making the primary colours pop even more!
Roman’s latest creation is a part of his Dancing Axis of the Fifth Dimension sculpture series.
These artworks depict living beings, emotions, and states that inhabit the fifth dimension. Their world puts no limit on morphogenesis; thus, the characters can transform, change their colours and composition. In our dimension, these creatures are affected by gravity that locks the shapes they had upon arrival and turns them into sculptures. Earlier, the Dancing Axis of the Fifth Dimension series has been exhibited in Moscow.
“Due to the particular way the elements are assembled, the sculpture simultaneously appears both stable and unstable. This expresses the core idea that true stability lies in flexibility rather than in rigidness. The more adaptive our response is to new circumstances, the more stable our life is overall,” Roman
Russia is currently experiencing a rise in street culture as public art, street art, and urban sculpture festivals are flourishing. Artists are able to create more complex artworks, both visually and metaphorically. Due to street culture evolving, there is a newfound cultural and aesthetic diversity of artworks that wasn’t present a decade ago. The availability of resources, open-minded audience and the will to develop bold artworks is what sets Russia up in the international arena.
CHӦ festival is organized by Atomstroycomplex.
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