Russian sculptor and architect Gregory Orekhov unveiled his latest towering sculpture entitled Black Square in Moscow’s Malevich Park. The mirrored work reflects the natural surroundings of the region, acting as a large-scale monument to honor the pioneering avant-garde artist and theorist, Kazimir Malevich which the park is named after.
When conceptualizing the monument, Orekhov decided he wanted to build a bold, industrial piece that juxtaposed the park’s organic atmosphere. However, he also wanted to make sure that it elevated the park’s natural qualities so he chose to implement mirrors on the towering work so viewers can also admire the architectural environment it was placed in.
The surrealist aspect of the work is when one enters the passageway of the sculpture at the center. According to the artist, visitors will find themselves at a crossroad to either immerse themselves into the “square” or enter infinity. The mirrored work also offers endless angles of observation, introducing distinct perspectives each time one encounters the work — especially during the changing seasons.
“The viewer turns into an accomplice, falling into an endless corridor of reflections. The dynamics of the viewer’s movement become intriguing inside the static figure. The spatial development of the ‘Black Square’ lies within the structure: the transition from Malevich’s two-dimensional form to the three-dimensional form of Orekhov. Yet, a different universe emerges inside the sculpture — a multidimensional space that resembles a “laughing room” or the sci-fi/horror “Cube,” writes curator and art critic Mikhail Sidlin to Arch Daily.