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HSE Instructor Designs New Year Tree for Muzeon Arts Park

On December 24, a New Year tree designed as a labyrinth was installed near the main entrance to Muzeon Arts Park. The author of the project is Alexey Ryumin, a multimedia designer and lecturer at HSE School of Design.

The twelve-metre tree resembles a famous Stalin skyscraper. ‘I do like the tectonics of ledged forms of skyscrapers and mausoleums. At the same time, I feel a bit tired of traditional conical trees in Moscow. Soviet aesthetics are rather popular now and the avant-garde has always gone together with holidays, which is why such a clear modern silhouette was suitable for this occasion,’ Ryumin says.

The main part of the tree is 10.5 metres high, which is crowned with a 1.5-metre spire. Ryumin designed the tree to be interactive; there is a labyrinth at the bottom of it. With a total area of 16 square metres, it is not very large. However, it will be great fun for kids, says the designer. One can walk in the labyrinth in the evening – the passages are illuminated by diode ribbons.   

‘At Gorky Park across from Muzeon they also put up a New Year tree.  It looks like propylaea in front of the Crimean Bridge, as if the parks are starting a friendly game of chess,’ says Ryumin.

Plans call for the tree to remain near the entrance to the art park until March 2015.

 

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