Art and social life: the Russian Revolution and the creative power of idealism 12

Vladimir Tatlin. Maquette of Tower or Monument to the Third International, 1919-1920

Vladimir Tatlin. Maquette of Tower or Monument to the Third International, 1919-1920

We are the wonder makers.

The sunbeams we shall tie

in radiant brooms, and sweep

the clouds from the sky

with electricity.

We shall make honey-sweet the rivers of the world.

The streets of earth we’ll pave with radiant stars…

Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mystery-Bouffe, 1918

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Tatlin's tower from The guardian.com 2

‘…the spiral is the line of movement of mankind liberated. The spiral is the ideal expression of liberation. With its heel set against the ground, it escapes from the ground and becomes a sign of the renunciation of all animal, earthly and low ambitions.’

Nikolai Punin, 1920

Vladimir Tatlin. Letatlin, 1930-32

Vladimir Tatlin. Letatlin, 1930-1933

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