Glanz. Elend. Frieden.
Glanz. Elend. Frieden. (Eng. Glamour. Misery. Peace.), 2021
The dimensions of the sculpture : height 10 400 mm, width 4800 mm, depth 6520 mm. Material: Engraved, tinted - tempered glass and stainless steel. Liepaja, Latvia
Graduate supervisor: Gļebs Panteļejevs
Reviewer: Raimonds Kalējs
The focus of this project is on the mausoleum of the 18th century Baltic Germans Anton Witte and Lorenz Joachim Huecke, which was torn down in 1978. It is located in the Old Cemetery of Liepaja, Latvia. While researching the topic, the phenomenon of the concepts of memorial memory and vandalism were explored, as well as their ideology and the adaption of this theory to the creation of a new piece of art. One of the central issues of the Thesis is the destruction of historical and artistically valuable cultural heritage that is often promoted by the ideology of this age and human action.
While working with the remains of the ruined mausoleum, the author suggests a visually-plastic work of art as a way to transform it, the idea of which it based on the synthesis of three historical periods: 18th and 19th c. — the age of philanthropists and their mausoleum; 20th c. — expressions of vandalism; 21st c. — the creation of a new work of art.