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Sculpture «The Power» by Riho Kuld


The outdoor sculpture “The Power” created by a famous Estonian sculptor Riho Kuld was installed in 1981. The idea to decorate the driveway to the Balti plant originated as early as in 1978 resulting in an art shop being approached with a corresponding request. Although installation of the sculpture was timed to coincide with the Olympic Games of 1980, it was implemented only in 1982 owing to various setbacks.

An article in Issue 1 of “Bulletin of the Baltic State District Power Plant” of January 1988 read:

Quote: At times, the Plant Communist Party Committee gets queries with a hint of irony concerning the meaning and the cost of the sculpture installed at the driveway to the power plant implying that a lot of practical things could have been bought for that money.

As is known, even prehistoric people strove to decorate their life with artworks. Among first deeds of the Soviet government were decrees on cultural heritage protection and monumental propaganda both passed at the time when the young Soviet Republic was fighting freeze and starvation. Therefore, the management and public’s intention of 1978 to decorate the driveway to the plant with an impressive recognizable image timing the event to coincide with the start of the Olympics was quite understandable. Installation of the sculpture was approved by the town authorities and permitted by the Council of Ministers of the Republic. Consequent to various setbacks, the rough project was only completed in 1982. Its author is a famous Estonian sculptor Kuld . The configuration of the sculpture is rather unconventional to an eye accustomed to documentary and realistic artworks. Nevertheless, the symbolism of the sculpture is quite straightforward; a human being can achieve anything through work – he has overcome gravity and reached space. Thus, tribute is paid to the employees of the Baltic power plant since we were groundbreakers in the field. On the ground of our inactivity, it took us five years to start improvement of the adjacent territory. Any work of art fails if not presented properly. So, we hope the sculpture will become more dramatic when the area improvement to be performed under the supervision of the author during the warmer season is completed.

Riho Kuld is the creator of two monuments on the Saaremaa island (one – on the Tehumardi battlefield and the other one – to remember victims of Nazism), and the “The flame of the uprising” monument (8.5 meters high) installed in Slovakia to commemorate the 30-th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising.

And, finally, the cost of the sculpture is 20 ths roubles.

V. Iserlis.


  Sculpture «The Power» by Riho Kuld
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