At Nikola Lenivets, a village and a picturesque art park in the Kaluga Region (217 km southwest of Moscow), each year a group of artists build a huge artwork… and torch it. The structure is always impressive and reminiscent of something out of The Wicker Man film.
This year, Nikolay Polissky, the creator of the park – with the help of locals – created a giant 30-meter tall art object made of wood in the form of a Catholic cathedral. It was then set on fire.
Artist German Vinogradov, seconds before he sets the installation on fire.
Spectators, stunned, look at the burning installation.
It took just seconds to set ablaze the whole object.
The burning “cathedral”.
“A cathedral being born out of the flame. It was interesting to look at the fire as a creative power, drawing pictures before your eyes,” Polissky said. The project was named “The Flaming Gothic”
Not everyone was a fan of the performance, though – the Russian Orthodox Church condemned the act. A representative of the Moscow patriarchy Vakhtang Kipshidze spoke to Govorit Moskva radio station: “To my mind, there’s no positive message behind such an action. The act of burning down a church, a Christian church, raises lots of questions.”
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