This mesmerising monument to Soviet nuclear power is rising over Moscow once more

This mesmerising monument to Soviet nuclear power is rising over Moscow once more
Image: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

31 May 2018

A kinetic sculpture showcasing the Soviet Union’s nuclear power has been resurrected in Moscow.

Originally created by artist Viacheslav Koleichuk in 1967, the sculpture — simply called Atom (1967/2018) — was commissioned by Moscow’s Kurchatov Institute of Nuclear Energy to celebrate 50 years of Soviet rule.

Its re-installation at the city’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art hopes to bring Koleichuk’s work to a whole new audience. The artist died earlier this year at the age of 76.

Koleichuk's installation, Atom, in Moscow's Kurchatov Square in 1947. Image: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Held together by the concerted tension of hundreds of metal tubes, the 13-metre sphere at the heart of the sculpture gently moves and transforms with the wind and sunlight.

“Reborn after 51 years, the sculpture emerges today in a world where the threat of nuclear war is once again imminent,” the museum said. “The sculpture’s power has in no way diminished.”

Atom will be on display at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art until 25 August.