ALEXANDER PONOMAREV АЛЕКСАНДР ПОНОМАРЕВ

 

Moscow region, Russia.
The Klyazma Reservoir.
2004

Landscaping object.

Created for the Art Klyazma Festival.

METAL, SUNKEN SHIP, YACHT CRANE,
CABLE SUSPENSION AND WINGS CONTROL SYSTEM,
AUDIO SYSTEM.

 

It is a landscaping project, which was implemented on the bank of the Klyazma water reservoir. A sunken vessel was lifted out of the water and transformed into an artistic object: special metal wings were constructed, and the ship was suspended on slings at the ten-meter height between the supports of a yacht crane right on the bank. The bow of the vessel looks in the direction of the reservoir. The viewer was offered an opportunity to steer the ship, sitting on a special swing under the vessel and flapping the vessel’s wings. The title of the project was chosen due to several important factors: for one, the object was created right before the artist travelled to Drake Strait and Cape Horn, where the phantom of the Flying Dutchman still lingers; then, a head of Dutch cheese of an impressive size was placed far above, on the mast of the flying ship. Besides, anyone sitting on the swing under the vessel and the cheese could put on headphones, the Russian text of a well-known fable about cheese, a crow and a fox by Ivan Krylov coming into one earpiece, and the French text by La Fontaine into the other. The artist hoped that the best-educated viewers, winged and inspired by the force of contemporary art, would acknowledge the astonishing power of literature piracy and remember, that the story was first told by Aesop in his fable.