brodsky’s ice pavilion – mammoth // building nothing out of something

brodsky’s ice pavilion

[Alexander Brodsky's pavilion on Lake Pirogovo, near Moscow, via flickr user Yuri PalminDescribed in Metropolis in 2006:

...in winter 2003 a team of laborers under his direction trudged out onto [Lake Pirogov's] frozen surface and, in the frigid conditions, assembled a rectangular mesh cage about 40 feet long and 8 feet high that they proceeded to hose down with warm water. That water turned to ice, and when lit from its interior, the structure—a bar—glowed like a warm jewel. With spring’s thaw the cage was carted away; the rest sank to the bottom of the lake.]

4 Responses to “brodsky’s ice pavilion”

  1. namhenderson says:

    Must be a meme or something. I remember readign about him back in 2006 and then recently came across him again and posted on my blog as well. Your picture is nice though,.
    See http://namhenderson.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/can-alexander-brodsky-reinvent-russian-architecture/

  2. [...] Postscript: See also Icon 054 (here) and over at the boys over at Mammoth (here) [...]

  3. rob says:

    I think there was something in a twit from Geoff M.? Something led me to opening that Metropolis article (which I didn’t see when it first came out), and then I left it open until yesterday, when I finally got around to reading it, and really liked the ice pavilion.

  4. namhenderson says:

    I think you are right. He seems like a great very interesting figure. I love the impermanence of his architecture. And his installations like the salt and oil model of the city are so political yet literally architectural in nature.