Today's Inspiration- Tatlin's Tower

by - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This week's inspiration is all about things that were seemingly failures, but had profound cultural effects all the same. The Monument to the Third International, which is now widely known as Tatlin's Tower, never culminated in its construction in Petrograd, now St. Petersburg (though you can see a number of really beautiful contemporary models). This Constructivist building has all sorts of great details- it was meant to dwarf the Eifel Tower, to mimic the exact tilt of the Earth, and was meant to revolve on three different axis. Basically, it was a beautiful ideologically loaded dream that couldn't have been realized at the time, but continues to inspire architects and artists alike (not to mention other people who mostly hated their architectural history classes).  It was so modernist that it had to fail.

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