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Maker(s):Gabo, Naum
Culture:American, born in Russia (1890-1977)
Title:Project of a Tower on "Trubnaia Ploshchad'" in Moscow
Date Made:1919
Materials:Pencil on paper faced paperboard
Place Made:Moscow
Measurements:Sheet: 16 1/8 in x 13 7/8 in; 41 cm x 35.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.194
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)

Label Text:
After the October Revolution in 1917, the new design of public space was among the priorities of the government. Sculptural decoration of squares, kiosks, tribunes, and towers was planned, where people could read, listen to news, and express their own thoughts publicly. While many of these projects remained on paper, the goal was to erect them throughout the city centers of Moscow and St. Petersburg for the propagation of new social and political ideas. Important avant-garde artists, including Lissitzky, Klutsis, and Tatlin, participated in this project.

Gabo’s "Project for a Tower" falls in this era. Its main features appear to be a lower platform for speakers and a radio station on the top. The tower’s shape reflects the linear and spiraling dynamic that is typical of the artist’s work.
BJ, 2014

architecture; design; sketches; towers

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