Russian artist Nikolay Polissky wrapped a decrepit Soviet building in recycled scrap wood to create the undulating Selpo Pavilion. Polissky salvaged the wood from his previous projects, proving that, with a great concept, even the blandest architecture can become engaging and culturally relevant.
Nikolay Polissky’s large-scale sculptures, such as the 22-meter-high ‘Beaubourg’ piece and the brain-shaped Universe Mind in Moscow, have an organic feel to them and create extraordinary environments which often feature an element of interactivity and dynamism. Similarly, the new Selpo pavilion- the name is an acronym for The Rural Consumer Association in Russian- transforms a dilapidating Soviet building into an exciting space by giving it a new skin.
Located in located in Nikola-Lenivets Park, which contains 28 permanent art works, the sculpture acts as a rippling “wooden jacket” that surrounds the building and emanates a soft glow through its porous surfaces at night.
Photos by Alexey Naroditskiy