The Louvre, Tuileries Garden, Paris
Designing and painting up a submarine.
METAL, PLASTIC, OPERATION SYSTEM,
AUDIO SYSTEM, LIGHTING SYSTEM.
In September 2006, a submarine broke the surface of a fountain in the Tuileries Garden on the royal axis extending from the architectural ensemble of the Louvre between the two triumphal arches, as a part of FIAC 2006. The emerging submarine was a unique event, since it was not some gallery that presented the work at the contemporary art fair, but the Louvre itself. The submarine rising above the water in the very heart of Paris created a stir, particular at the moment, when its periscopes rose to the powerful music of Soviet patriotic songs Varyag and Proschaniye Slavyanki (Farewell to Slavic Woman). According to Marie-Laure Bernadac, the Louvre's chief curator of contemporary art, «Various personas in the world of culture, from the French Minister of Culture, architect Jean Nouvel, and directors of leading museums to numerous visitors have pointed out the wild character of the Russian artist, who creates a fleet of submarines in order to protect the artistic circles and is the first contemporary Russian artist who carried out a project in cooperation with the legendary museum».