myths and labyrinths
In fact, image is mythological. According to Roland Barthes, a myth is like a bottle with the content different from what the label says, like cold coffee in a coke bottle. Another European thinker, Umberto Eco said that the contemporary civilization, our ‘current time’ is built on myths and illusions.
Our permanent author Kozma Kvartalov will present the reader with his new myths about the Quarter 130. They speak about dragons and cats. These mythological animals travel through time. By the way, the mythological Babr (the symbol of Irkutsk) came to the Quarter a long time ago. Like a cat, without asking permission, he settled down right on the Lutheran junction of the Quarter, as well as on the cover of this issue.
Complicated and multilayered myths of the city form labyrinths of meanings. Architectural theoreticians Petr Kapustin and Alexander Rappaport participate in the dialogue on the meanings of labyrinths. Dashi Namdakov’s “Meditation” has found its place in one of the labyrinths of Northern France. The labyrinths of destiny run in mysterious ways. The world-known sculptor is especially popular in his native land – in
Zabaikalie, Ulan-Ude and Irkutsk. However, his sculptures never come to light from the galleries there, while being easily exposed in Hyde Park, Astana, Kazan and Shoria. And now in the green labyrinth of Normandia.
Sculpture and its role in formation of the image of the city are also presented in the article on the creative activity of artist Astapov from Saint Petersbourg. The graphics by architect Sergey Gladkov is filled with mythological fluid and ambiguous meanings. In conclusion, the Club of Young Architects propose challenging ArchiPuzzles.