Monday, August 21, 2017

Yekaterinburg-based artist builds sculpture out of police shields

A Russian street artist recently built a card house out of police riot shields in a piece titled "Stability."

The Yekaterinburg-based artist Timofey Radya used 55 riot police shields for his installation, which was created to honor the one year anniversary of the protest movement in the country, RT.com reports.

The piece, "Stability," refers to the idea of stability associated with modern Russia, according to the artist. The construction of the piece was part of the performance, featuring several masked people dressed in camouflage building a pyramid shape out of the riot police shields. Additionally, a red carpet led up to the structure. A crane was used to place a golden throne at the top of the pyramid.

The piece was soon destroyed as wind dislodged several of the shields on the sculpture's lower levels, according to RT.com.

The artist posted photographs of the work on his website.

Timofey Radya has created several political works, including posters he made last year after the parliamentary elections in Russia. In December 2011 and March 2012, huge posters stylized as political ads could be seen around the streets of Yekaterinburg.