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A project by Alexander Milov

Children see magic
because they look for it

It’s never so easy giving a title to an article using just one word, especially when that word brings with it such an important meaning. But if the subject or work to which that word is relating, is able to enclose all of its universal nature, by catching and overcoming its limits, as well as those of the era in which it has been conceived, and then projecting itself far beyond, to the infinite…

On the occasion of the Burning Man 2015, an annual art event taking place over eight days in the Black Rock desert, Nevada, since 1986, the Ukrainian sculptor, blacksmith and designer Alexander Milov made Love, two metal rectangles figures of a man and woman, which enchanted the viewers of that edition — and are continuing to do so. They sit back to back. The woman is hunched over in pain in the pose of an embryo, and the man is tormented by thoughts. But inside the giants are two small children, a boy and girl. They stretch out their hands to each other. The entire structure is 18 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 7.5 meters high. And it’s already on its way to the desert.

Alexander explained that his work demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature: “The figures of the protagonists are made in the form of big metal cages, where their inner selves are captivated. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark — night falls — the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.”

Ever since 1999, the artist had dreamed of travelling to the Nevada desert to attend the famous Burning Man art festival. And although the festival is a non-commercial, and even anti-commercial event, a feast of the spirit of freedom and imagination, entrance is strictly by ticket only, which cost from $400 to $1000. You can buy tickets online, but Alexander didn’t manage to do so. But he did submit an application to take part in the festival, drawing a sketch of a sculpture, and for the first time in 30 years Ukraine received a Burning Man grant.

“Now is a time of conflict not just for the country, but for the world. Everyone is arguing. What are these arguments about? The old loans of trust, which people gave to each other and were not justified. Everyone is now trying to get everything back, and come into conflict. And the figures — the male and female elements — are great symbols. Although this is also a direct interpretation of the state of affairs in my family, for example.

burningman.org

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