Sculpture “Bringing the Future Closer”
The public sculpture project is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the fission of the lithium atom nucleus, which took place at the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology in 1932. An important date has become a point of external reference, reminiscent of the contribution of our scientists to the development of nuclear energy. Making it possible to produce global electricity without emitting aerosols or greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The base of the sculpture is made of friendly metal elements in the style of inflated balloons. Their surface is carefully polished, thanks to which they will demonstrate the elusive mood of the city: reflecting the surrounding landscape, the clouds above them, or the lights of the city at night. Passers-by will also be able to see funny reflections of themselves from bizarre angles, which will add an element of play to the audience’s interaction with the sculpture. Pure form, without unnecessary visual information, is open to different interpretations of its content: the orbit of an electron encircles the composition, denoting service to the progress of scientific thought, but above all to society and humanity; the fundamental nature of discoveries, but the importance of the personal contribution of each person; our closeness to the creators and participation in great achievements. And of course, townspeople will immediately discover the familiar outlines of the letter X, formed as if from the silhouettes of young parents and their endlessly warm embrace with their child. Symbolizing the happy and safe future of our Kharkov.