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A Flight around the World with Yann Arthus Bertrand in Chistye Prudy

Finally we found time to visit the photo exhibition World from Above by Yann Arthus Bertrand so much spoken about and promising wonderful sensations. And it is really something! The exhibition amazes both with its contents and its realization: it runs in the Chistye Prudy park in the open air and welcomes all comers for free, day and night. Chistye Prudy saturated with colourful faces of Earth in large-scale pictures now look and feel special. In the evening your flight around the world with Yann Arthus Bertrand might be accompanied with primordial-like drum beating produced by rasta folks hanging out nearby. Here we also saw fire dancers training to the drumming rhythms, as if blending together all heart beatings of the Earth with its numerous creatures.

Beholding the world from a birds eye view looks like an inmost dream Yann Arthus Bertrand is sharing his fulfilled dream with the Muscovites. His works can be justly recognized not only of high-level flight, but also of high-level art, though the photographer is quite modest about it, calling Nature herself the Artist. At first sight the pictures look like dazzling masterpieces by genius abstractionists conveying their fanciful visions. Then one discerns the details, and perceives it is a reality, only seen from above. Every photo implies the authors message and makes the viewer contemplate, sometimes about quite contradictory and cruel things: now you enjoy the splendid view of lush meadows, or magnificent ocean waters embellished with coral reefs, and then your eye falls on a bloody slaughter-house, or piles of slums in some God-forsaken developing country. The visual message is upheld with verbal description to every picture (unfortunately, in the Russian language only), and sad facts about the state of environment of our planet and conditions of living of its inhabitants. The whole picture created by all this is truly impressive and stays with you long after.

Such events as this exhibition are badly needed, especially today, especially in Moscow, where you are constantly surrounded by intrusive commercial billboards. The boards with beautiful illuminating photos of our planet make an excellent alternative to them, very refreshing indeed!

However, some visitors were probably dissatisfied with the impressions offered for free: somebody torn away (perhaps, as a souvenir) several lamps lighting up the unique photo gallery at nighttime. By the way, these large photos are illuminated with the help of a gasoline accumulator rattling in the car standing by the long open-air gallery row and presenting and ironical example to the facts about acid gas pollution highlighted here.

Here you can also watch documentaries about the photographers activities and get additional information from consultants.

The unique exhibition runs till the end of summer, so come and see it! Of course, if you are too busy or lazy you can buy a photo album by Yann Arthus Bertran or, at least, watch his works on the site www.yannarthusbertrand.com.

Vera Ivanova and Mikhail Manykin

14 August, 2006

August 14, 2006 18:18





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