“White City” is beyond the scope of all traditional ideas about sculptural composition. The 3.5 m high figures are made of stainless steel with using the collage technique, and fit into the surrounding urban space as a single object. The seven figures - seven representatives of the megacity: they are conventional and featureless, but each of them is individual and complete. The poetry of urbanism is reflected in their steel surface. They are representatives of the big city, where no anonymity contradicts the individuality. The plastic design of the figures is unusual, as the sculptor paid special attention to clarity of silhouettes by highlighting the rationality and truth of the city life.
The figures are installed in front of the White Square Office Center at the crossing of Butyrsky Val and the 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street. It is not for nothing that the composition is placed there. The Tverskaya Zastava Square has long been at issue among architects and city planners. However, while its destiny was being decided, the Square with adjoining quarters have begun to represent a place of meeting and a composite confrontation of several historical epochs, having become a specific miniature model of the modern city that develops rather chaotically, but still leaves an area for various manifestations of the diverse megacity life.
“White City” is built into the pedestrian part of the complex; the figures are not just a decoration of the facades, but elongation of dynamism surrounding them. Being among people as part of the city, the figures seem to live its life by intermingling with the pedestrian flow and the cityscape. The abstract figures by Georgy Frangulyan is an attempt to counterbalance an inconsistent buildings of the Tverskaya Zastava Square, a transitional stage between a real human being and buildings of the White Square Complex.
The project has been implemented with direct support of Boris Mints, BoD’s Chairman of O1 Group.
Georgy Frangulyan, author of the White City sculptural composition: “These figures should emphasize the diversity of challenges faced by the urban sculpture. Of course, this composition is not an illustration to or comment on any specific event – the figures are not a “monument”, but a decorative element of the urban environment, capable of striking a balance between architectural edifices of various styles and periods. This composition equally relates to humanity and architecture.”