Baltiisk (Kaliningrad Province)
“Moreover, it had a historical job to do. It was a government commission: the memorial to Yelizaveta Petrovna “registers” Russian’s westernmost point, representing the Russian state to Europe. That’s why I proposed an equestrian statue. The idea was accepted. The government also agreed to my idea of building a fort on a place that I would designate. And so an equestrian statue of Yelizaveta Petrovna looks down at the Baltiisk, the former Pilau, where Tsar Peter studied the science of artillery). In this work there are evident cultural associations with the art of the period of Yelizaveta. It seems to me that, when we sign our work, we take responsibility for that vast cultural layer on which we were brought up”.