only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible: this ethos, once uttered by famed scientist albert einstein, has become a mantra for architectural designer vasily klyukin. no stranger to the innovative and extra-ordinary — with projects that include a cobra-shaped tower and a flying yacht — klyukin has now shifted into the realm of art, creating a series of new sculptures that build on his interest in engineering and fascination with form.

albert einstein — ‘bright personality’ edition
64 pages of ‘theory of general relativity’, metal, etching, acrylic, varnish, glaze



klyukin’s ‘live sculptures
’ are made in the form of three familiar figures: albert einstein, immanuel kant, and a ‘vogue girl’. each of the statues comprise a sequence of independent 2D parts that cleverly intersect to create a three dimensional form. without the use of glue or welding, these carefully-shaped metal panels converge to create a free-standing figure that is both flexible and sturdy at the same time.

detail of albert einstein — ‘bright personality’ edition



connecting each character to its life and work, klyukin has made einstein from 64 burned pages of ‘theory of relativity’; kant from 64 pages of ‘critique of pure reason’, and the ‘vogue girl’ from 32 different colorful vogue magazines covers. as seen in the video above, the flat components fit into a rounded base and organized in a circular configuration, with pages continually added until the form is full. upon completion, the abstract silhouettes of einstein, kant and a female figure appear as a collection of interconneted parts that can be assembled and disassembled with ease. the project draws from klyukin’s interest in history and literature, as he describes, ‘heritage doesn’t turn into ashes when burnt, it doesn’t disappear. instead, it leaves a mark on history, forever immortalizing its creator.’

side view of albert einstein — ‘bright personality’ edition

carefully-shaped metal panels converge to create a free-standing figure

albert einstein — ‘burnt manuscript’ edition
64 pages from ‘theory of general relativity’, copper, enamel, glaze

the series of ‘vogue girls’

vogue 2016 — 32 covers, metal, acrylic, varnish

detail of ‘vogue 2016’ made from 32 covers magazine covers 

‘vogue girl’ — 64 pages, metal, enamel varnish

detail of the colorful pages used to create the ‘live sculpture’, ‘vogue girl’

immanuel kant  — ‘burnt manuscript’ edition
64 pages from ‘critique of pure reason’, metal, enamel, varnish, glaze

detail of immanuel kant  — ‘burnt manuscript’ edition


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