The impossible things are often the most beautiful

Vladimir Tatlin’s Momunet to the Third International might be one of my favorite non-existent pieces of art.

It is considered technically impossible to assemble in the state Tatlin sketched it in. It was meant to be taller than the Eiffel Tower. It was meant to show the aspirations of the USSR, and define the age of modernity, among other things.

Is it a sad thing that Tatlin’s dream structure cannot actually be built? Or is it beautiful that we can imagine it and sort of bask in the wonders of the human mind, in all the far fetched and delusional thoughts, plans, and wants?


2 thoughts on “The impossible things are often the most beautiful

  1. I love Tatlin’s tower. Though whenever I think of why it wasn’t built, I tend pin the cause insufficient resources available to Russia at the time. It would’ve taken a whole lot of steel.

    Had it been built do you think it would have lasted? Or would it have been torn down with all the dramatic shifts in political power?

    • If it had been built, at its full taller-than-Eiffel-Tower height, I think it would have stuck around, merely because often when people get accustomed to such monuments their political meanings often fall to the wayside while public sentiment lasts a lot longer. It would have retained the political meaning but that wouldn’t be as important as the personal feelings that people tend to give buildings/structures as time goes on.

      At least, if Tatlin’s tower had been built, I would hope it would have not been torn down! Thanks for the awesome comment- I love responses that make me think.

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