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Symphony of Winds and Pendular

The project was inspired by images of wind and pitching that go along with sea travel and symbolize both perpetual movement and freedom which you miss so much once you get inside the ship.

The installation is built around fine wind modulations, subtle rustle and tinkling of mechanisms, as well as monotonous and measured movement of various objects – as if the ship would be dreaming and missing its long voyages.

The piece is installed in the Krassin ice-breaker machine room, 4 meters below the waterline.

The Krassin ice-breaker can be considered a symbol of the Arctic fleet of Russia. The history of the ice-breaker is closely connected with the history of the country. Ordered by the Russian Naval Ministry, designed by Vice-Admiral S. Makarov, the ice-breaker was built in Newcastle, Great Britain, by Armstrong Whitworth in 1916. The ship was originally named Svyatogor. In 1927 it was renamed Krassin after a prominent Soviet diplomat Leonid Krassin. The ice-breaker became world-renowned in 1928 when it rescued the Italian expedition led by Umberto Nobile (his Italia airship crashed while returning from the North Pole).

In the mid-twentieth century the ice-breaker was modernized. In 1972, being the veteran of the Arctic fleet, the ship was passed over to the Ministry of Geology as a research vessel. In 1992 the Government of the Russian Federation gave the protection certificate to the ice-breaker as a historical monument of national significance. Later it was registered as a museum-ship in the Russian museum registry. In 2004 the ice-breaker became a branch of the World Ocean Museum.

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