December 29, 2017

Jean Bertholle, Girouettes/Weather-vanes


picture by La Fabuloserie

The picture above shows an island on the grounds of the outsider art museum La Fabuloserie, in Dicy, France, with an arrangement of in particular a number of girouettes ("wind vanes" or also "whirligigs").

These creations were made by Jean Bertholle,  an outsider artist I quite some time wanted to add to this weblog, but about whom so little information was available, that I preferred to wait for more. Now also Bruno Montpied's Le gazouillis des éléphants, the recently published very comprehensive survey of French art environments, confirms that the information is limited indeed, it's time to publish anyway what is known about this self-taught artist.

Life and works

Jean Bertholle (1910-2002) had a job in Châtillon-sur-Seine (in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, France), where he worked in a factory that produced shoe heels. Retired in 1974, he began making girouettes and other creations which he displayed in the garden of his house ¹.

Bertholle lived in Chamesson (a community some 10 kms south of Châtillon-sur-Seine in the same region), where he was known as "Toto" and as a sabotier (someone who makes clogs). Some distant family members (cousins) still live in the community. In general, the inhabitants are not aware that Bertholle's art environment ever existed ².

At a given time, in the 1980's or 1990's, Bertholle's creations will have been transferred to la Fabuloserie. This private museum about outsider art in Dicy, located in the same region as Chamesson, was opened in 1983.

The open air part of the museum includes various creations from French art environments that for some reason ceased to exist and were saved by Alain de Bourbonnais, the founder of the museum (More about la Fabuloserie in the page in this weblog about Museums and Collections)

Documentation
* Bruno Montpied, Le Gazouillis des Éléphants, Paris (Eds du Sandre), 2017., p 133-134 
* Video, published by La Fabuloserie on Facebook, august 6, 2016


notes
¹ this info from the book by Bruno Montpied's who notes that the info is based on the publication  "Des jardins imaginaires au jardin habité:des createurs au fil des saisons. Hommage à Caroline Bourbonnais", La Fabuloserie, Dicy, 2015
² personal communication by Fabien Ansault (Galerie, museum of curiosities and café des Z'uns Possible in Chamesson)

Jean Bertholle
Girouettes
originally displayed in the garden of his house in 
Chamesson, Cote d'Or, region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
currently displayed in 
La Fabuloserie, Dicy, same region, France

December 26, 2017

Alexander Nemov, Замок в лесу/Castle in the forest


this picture and the next two: screenprints from the 
video by Yakov Shtopor (see documentation)

The pictures show a single handedly built wooden castle situated in a wooded area between  Yekaterinburg and Verkhnyaya Pyshmain in Russia, a singular architecture that was extant for about the first ten years of the 21st century. 

Life and works ¹

This castle was created by Alexander Nemov, a retired forensic expert at Yekaterinburg's police force.  In the early 1990's he acquired a plot of land in Yekaterinburg where he built a house with a curious architecture that did not comply with the official regulations. Rather than spending money to adapt the house, he sold it, and -meanwhile retired- made a trip around Europe from the money.

Once back, he decided to build a shelter in the forest and continue his life in the forest, in particular to test his own strength and distance himself from civilization. That happened about the year 2000.


Nemov did indeed succeed in continuing life in this way.  

On a forest plot he did not own, using stones, clay and wood available around, he constructed a house with three floors, towers and turrets, transitional galleries and bridges. It had terraces and various interior rooms, such as a bedroom, a sauna, a workshop and a library.

The house could be heated with a wood stove. There was obviously no electricity, but Nemov had rechargeable batteries working on solar cells, so he even had access to the internet.

Nemov stressed that his building was a castle and not a fortress. He had improvised kind of a cannon that could fire fireworks and ward off strangers, but above all had a decorative function.


The newspaper articles published in the autumn of 2009, report that around that time the owner of the plot of forest had claimed his property and that Nemov had indicated he would leave. He said that he would find a new home, this time a cave in an area further away from the urban civilization.

It is not known if this new adventure indeed took place and resulted in a new home for Nemov, nor is any information available about what happened to Nemov's singular architecture.

Documentation
* Article (october 2009) on news website e1.ru
* Article by olgavch (october 2009) on livejournal
* Video by Yakov Shtopor (2'47", You Tube, uploaded april 2012)



note
¹ This post is based upon a number of articles in Russian media published in the fall of 2009, which however all rely on one source.

Alexander Nemov
Castle in the forest
in a wooded area between 
Yekaterinburg and Verkhnyaya Pyshmain
Sverdlovsk region, Russia
actual situation unknown, probably not extant anymore

December 20, 2017

Bruno Dehondt, Les gigottos automates/Automated gigottos



Automates.....in France this term does not just refer to machines and instruments, but also to creations depicting people that are capable of making all kinds of movements. 

We encounter such creations also in the field of art environments. For example Marcel Landreau's site had a scene of people dancing at a wedding party, Pierre Avezard's Manège has a variety of animated characters and Fernand Chapet's Parc des attractions is an outdoor collection of moving creations.

This post introduces Bruno Dehondt's world of automates.

photo by Musée des gigottes automates

Life and work

The internet hasn't much biographical information about this artist.

Dehondt was born in 1962 or 1963, so currently (2017) he is in his mid-fifties. In interviews he has said that already at age fourteen he was trying to create impersonations of people. There is a single reference to an artistic education, but as a young man he did not succeed in settling as an artist and he had to work in some job.

However, as an artist in heart and soul Dehondt kept trying to realize his passion of making automates. Around 2000 he could fully devote himself to this activity. Initially he drove around in the region with a van loaded with automates to give performances on markets and other public places.

In 2006 he opened a museum/studio in Steenvoorde, where he stayed until the rental contract ended, after which he moved to Esquelbecq where, from December 2013, he has his current studio and museum.

the front side of the museum in Esquelbecq
picture from weblog Histoires du Nord 3

Both Steenvoorde and Esquelbecq are situated in the north of France in an area adjacent to Belgium that runs to the east and south of the city of Dunkirk and is known as French Flanders.  

In Esquelbecq (Eikelsbeek in Flemish) Dehondt found a place for his studio and museum in a building complex called La Minoterie, formerly a factory where grain was processed into flour.

Located in the center of the town near the market place it is an ideal location to attract visitors. And indeed, currently about four to six thousand visitors a year come to see the gigottes automates.





These visitors will see a variety of lifesize creations depicting all kind of characters one can meet in daily life. They can make movements and are programmed to interact with people around.

So one will see a group of musicians as in the upper pictures in this post, but also a shoe polisher, someone who is snoring, a cleaning lady, someone who drinks from a glass, an elderly lady knitting,  a group of majorettes and so on......

Dehondt is constantly supplementing the collection.



In creating his automates Dehondt uses a variety of discarded materials, such as household appliances, vacuum cleaners, computers or parts of washing machines. It happens that people bring him materials they no longer need.

He himself also arranges the electronic mechanisms which generate the movements of the characters. Body parts such as faces and hands are made from resin and pulp, plaster or clay. The characters are dressed with hand-made appropriate garments, designed by the artist.

the knitting lady and the shoe polisher

Although Dehondt may have enjoyed artistic training, his way of creating and portraying his characters has the connotation of a non-mainstream artist creating popular art, which is reinforced by the great passion he shows.  As a visitor of his museum wrote: "Bruno Dehondt is the boy who always stared through the window, dreaming in the classroom and after a few decades finally woke up in a world he created himself".

Dehondt participates in exhibitions and also in various street performances. including the parades of Géants (giants) customary in the north of France, spectacles in which meters high dolls are led through the streets. He has created géants for parades in various communities in the region.

He also organizes workshops for young people where they are guided to create automates.

Documentation
* The various websites of tourist offices in northern France refer to the Museum Les gigottos automates, for example the tourist office in Esquelbecq
* Bruno Dehondt's own website and his page on Facebook
* Article (2013) in regional newspaper Voix du Nord about the removal from Steenvoorde to Esquelbecq

Videos
You Tube has a variety of videos.
Here is a selection:
* A video by MrStudio 231 (8'52", You Tube, publ. feb 2017)


* A video by Taïna Cluzeau, about the new location in Esquelbecq (2'29", You Tube, publ. jan 2014)


* A video by Pierre André Leclercq, with the musicians and the juggler in action (0'56", You Tube, march 2014)


Bruno Dehondt
Les gigottos automates
Rue de Bergues 3 bis
59470 Esquelbecq
visitors welcome, small entrance fee,
for opening hours see website tourist office

December 12, 2017

Pierre Sourisseau, Jardin, musée et chemin creuse/Garden, museum and hollow road


view from the street

The picture above shows a modest sculpture garden in la Croix-Bara, a hamlet belonging to the  french community of Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe in the department Vendée, France. The garden is part of of a three-part art environment, which also includes a museum and a sculpture trail.

Life and works

The artist who created this art environent, Pierre Sourisseau, was born in 1939 in Saint-Paul-en-Pareds, a community in the vicinity of la Croix-Bara. Except for the period he was in the military, Sourisseau lived in the Vendée area, working until his retreat in 1999 as a mason.

At age twenty, in 1959, he was conscripted in the military for 28 months. He was sent to Algeria where the Franco-Algerian War (1954-1962) raged. In later years he would often say that he was glad that in those years he never had to kill anyone. Nevertheless this period has impressed him very much, what is expressed in his artistic work.

Already as a young man Sourisseau had the desire to make visual art and in 1975 as a self-taught artist he actually began making paintings and sculptures, an activity he would continue for the rest of his life, resulting in a large number of creations.


The garden

In the garden in front of his house, Sourisseau has displayed a small number of his sculptures, which he as far as I understand makes from clay.

The one in front depicts Charles Deslandes and the rider on horseback is the Cavalier du Landreau, both famous people from Vendée's history.

The garden also includes a bust of former french president Sarkozy and his wife.


The museum

Sourisseau's museum is housed in two small buildings annex the residential house.  It contains a variety of his paintings and sculptures, but also textual expressions, such as a genealogy of his ancestors.

Much attention is paid to the Algerian war and the War in the Vendée, an uprising of the region in 1793 during the french revolution, that was tackled with draconian measures, took many lives and contributed a lot to the identity of the region.

this picture and the next five (june 2015) from website puystory.magix.net

The sculpture trail

Currently Sourisseau is mainly engaged with his Chemin Creux, a sculpture trail he started to create in 2000. 

The trail is a rural hollow road, once a Roman road, starting at 500 meters from his house, about 1,2 km long, flanked by around 50 different creations. It is probably unique in the field of french art environments ¹.





















Among the creations along the trail one will find sculptures that depict people who have played an important role in the history of the Vendee,  in particular those with a leading position during the 1793 uprising.


haut-relief dedicated to Clemenceau

Various creations are dedicated to politicians, such as Georges Clemenceau, who was France's prime minister during the first World War. but also contemporary ones, such as Nicolas Sarkozy, who was president of France from 2007-2012.


haut-relief dedicated to one of the mayors of the community

The sculpture trail also includes portraits of three mayors of Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe, former ones such as Joseph Halleux and Jean-Claude Ageneau (picture above) and the current one Gerard Préau, mayor since march 2014. A regional newspaper reported in april 2015 about the unveiling of the artwork dedicated to the new mayor. 

Along the trail one can also find miniature scenes in memory of special events in the region such as the landing of a plane right next to the Croix-Bara, but then there are also creations with an amusing approach, such as an elephant hidden in the grass with a trunk that serves as a pipe to water a brook, or a fallen tree with large roots and wheels, named Tractosaur.



The sculpture trail can be visited freely by the public. In the month of August the regional tourist office of the Pays des Herbiers arranges guided tours along the sculpture trail.

Documentation
* Bruno Montpied, article (august 2012) about Sorisseau on his weblog and also in his book Le Gazouillis des éléphants Paris (Ed. du Sandre), 2017. -p.707-713. (To my knowledge Montpied is the only French publicist about outsider art and art environments who wrote on the internet about Sourisseau's artwork)

note
¹ There are sculpture trails made by self-taught artists in other countries in Europe, such as those made by Edvin Hevonkoski in Finland, Frank Bruce in Scotland, Jacques Vandewattyne in BelgiumVáclav Levý in the Czech Republic and Dmitry Tanchev in Russia.

Pierre Sourisseau
Jardin sculpté, musée, chemin creuse
Croix-Bara, Vendée, Pays de la Loire
streetview
-the garden can be seen from the road
-the museum can be visited on appointment
-the sculpture trail can be visisted freely (in august the 
tourist office of the Pays des Herbiers may organise guided visits)

December 01, 2017

Benjamin Somov, дом с пушками и мемориальный комплекс/House with guns and a memorial complex



In front of a house along Soveskaya Street in the community of  Dal'neye Konstantinovo, some 70 kms south of Nizni Novgorod, Russia, a number of guns are lined up. They are replicas of guns as were used in the war of Russia against Napoleon (1812), single-handedly made by self-taught artist Benjamin Somov.


Life and works

Born in 1928 in Malikova, a neighbourhood of Dal'neye Konstantinovo, Somov at a young age already showed his solidarity with the military by in 1944, sixteen years old, joining as a volunteer the Russian army and going to the front in the war with Germany.

After the war he continued for some time his military service. Then he returned to his homeland to live as an ordinary citizen. 

Well, that is to say, he worked as a blacksmith and a driver, he was practising natural healing, but what he experienced on the war front had struck him so deeply that he had to seek ways to express his feelings.


Somov found a way out in artistic activities. Although he had enjoyed no training at all in making artworks (he actually had just some four years of primary education), he began making sculptures, mainly busts of military people, but also of other personalities.


Currently, some of these busts, decorated with military attributes such as medals, insignia or ammunition holders, still are on display in the living room of the family home.


And then, watching the various guns in front of the house a bust of Lenin is on display in the garden, while on the roof a bust of a soldier keeps the watch over the site.

The memorial complex

In retrospect one might say that the period of making small sculptures was a preparation for what would become Somov's life's work.

In the 1990's, on a field in Dal'neye Konstantinovo's neighbourhood Simbiley,  Somov began creating more than life-size sculptures.  It became a memorial complex, mainly in honor of soldiers who perished in wars in which Russia was involved (the following five pictures by 4enix on touristic website turizmvnn.ru) 





















The picture left above shows one of the first creations, a pillar of reinforced concrete with a simple orhodox crucifix at the top, a monument to the victims of the Russian-Japanese war.

Top right is a picture of the monument to the victims of the Afghan war, which has kind of a grave fence and a fluttering flag. The bars of the fence are pierced, which produces a complaining sound as the wind blows through the holes.











The two pictures above depict the monument to the victims of Stalin's repression.  The picture at the left shows a touching detail: two chaincuffed hands on man-sized poles sticking out of the earth. At the right the entire monument with in top tow flat bells which nevertheless can produce sound. 


To conclude this series of pictures of the memorial complex, above picture of a rather special monument.

Somov made this monument, a huge cross with crossbars decorated with rivets, in honor of the victims of future wars and of armed struggle among civilians..... A sculpture made on the basis of such a philosophy is probably unique, not only in Russia but also elsewhere in the world.

Among the other honored people are Russian participants in the Spanish Civil War, soldiers who died during the Russian camp in Finland and crew members of a wrecked Russian submarine.

Somov made the altogether eleven high-rising sculptures at the memorial complex from surplus and used materials and he paid himself for necessities such as cement.

at home Somov keeps photo books of his sculptures

Somo's creations seen as a mega art environment

Both the collection of guns in the front of the family home and the sculptures of the memorial complex can be seen as art environments in their own right. 

However, because both sites have the same basic theme and are based on the same philosophical view, it seems appropriate to view the totality of displayed artworks as a mega art environment, in the sense given to that designation by the Russian philosopher and creator of an art environment, Alexander Emelyanov.

In short, in Emelyanov's view most creators of an art environment act on the basis of a relatively simple philosophy which just involves the satisfaction that arises from embellishing their daily environment. However, a few creators, who seek self-confirmation by expressing themselves in artwork, operate on a more fundamental philosophical level which implies that their artworks can be denoted as mega art environment.

a view of the interior of Somov's home

Somov's theme in its most fundamental version is warfare and his philosophy, which is most strongly expressed in his sculpture for the future victims of war, those that have not yet been born, seems to be that warfare is inherent in human society. True or not, it is a rather fundamental philosophical view and so in my opinion, Somov's artwork deserves to be classifed as a mega art environment.

Documentation

Video
* Video by 1tv.ru about the memorial complex (2'57", may 2009) 



Benjamin Somov
Ul Soveskaya 151
Dal'neye Konstantinovo, Nizni Novgorod region, Russia
guns in front of the house can be seen from the street
the memorial complex near Simbiley can be visited freely

November 22, 2017

Vasily Artamonov, Скульптуры в городе/Sculptures in town



screenprint from the video in the documentation

The picture above shows some of the sculptures made by Vasily Artamonov, displayed in front of his house in Rylsk, Kursk region, Russia.

It's just a small part of the over two hundred sculptures he created since around 1995. The largest part of his oeuvre has been relocated to various places in the public space in the Kursk region.

Like François Michaud in the 19th century decorated his village Masgot with sculptures or like in
our time a collective of conscripted soldiers embellished the Russian city of Teykovo with their creations, Artamonov has the desire to brighten up the public space with his fairy-tale characters, first of all on spots in his hometown Rylsk, but in line with that also on spots in the public space in other communities in the region of Kursk.

this picture and the next two by Yuri Fedorov 

Life and works

Born in a family with six other children in the small village of Bredy in the Chelyabinsk area in the southern Urals, Artamonov studied at a school for agricultural engineering. He got a job at a farm, married and got a son. However, after a couple of years he experienced this work as too routine.

He felt more attracted to a varied, creative type of work, so he tried growing roses. This was not succesfull and he moved to the Caucasus where he worked as a driver at a small farm owned by a brother.

After his military service he noticed that he longed for the Kursk region, the residential area of his father and grandparents in the west of Russia. So he decided to go there. On the way something happened that was decisive for his further life. He saw a sculpture of a huge dragon with children happily strolling around, laughing and feeling happy.

The scene triggered him and gave him the idea  to undertake something similar. Artamonov could move into the house on Pervomaiskaya Street in Rylsk, where his grandparents and his father, all deceased, had lived before.



Here, around 1995, he made his first creation, a huge dragon. This one was followed by two bears flanking a bench, and a dinosaur. All creations were displayed on the narrow space separating the house from the roadway.

Artamonov's creative project was based upon a philosophy stating that if a whole city has such sculptures, life will be better. Embellish Rylsk with fairy tale characters and the city will shine, it will be a city of happiness and dreams........!

He invited the local authorities to (financially) support such a project, but at that moment they hesitated to make a decision. So Artamonov had to combine his creative activities with various jobs, such as cook, agronomist, driver, plumber and handyman. Currently he works as a guard and driver at the House of Creativity in Rylsk.


But making sculptures was paramount. During his careeer  as a self-taught artist of over twenty years Artamonov focussed especially upon creating sculptures related to Russian fairytales, which for him are a source of joy and patriotism.

When making a sculpture Artamonov first makes a body from sturdy metal elements he welds together and shapes into the desired model. This basis is covered with wire mesh, after which the creation is finished with cement and/or plaster, applied layer after layer.

Creating a sculpture on the average takes two weeks of painstaking work. He works in the warm season, from May till October; in the other months the weather is too cold to work with cement.

Artamonov's sculptures in the streets of Rylsk (screenprint)

As Artamonov's creatve activitiets became rather well-known in and around Rylsk, his dream came true that his work would be displayed in public space in the region.

For example, one day the mayor of the town of Kurchatov, situated some 80 kms east of Rylsk, personally visited Artamonov to inform if the town could buy some sculptures. This resulted in the purchase of twenty sculptures (incidentally for a modest fee), which now are displayed at a park in Kurchatov.

Other sculptures are displayed in playgrounds, parks and kindergartens in the community of Khomutovka (50 km north of Rylsk), Koersk, the capital of the region (some 125 km east of Rylsk), in the community of Koerstsjatov (80 km east of Rysk)  and even in the city of Belgorod in a neighbouring region (some 200 km south-east of Rylsk)

Artamonov's sculptures in the streets of Rylsk (screenprint)

Vasily Artamonov is a modest man who does not care about wealth. A smiling child, enjoying his sculptures is his greatest reward. Convinced that his sculptures can contribute to a better life in the city, he relentlessly continues his creative activities.

Documentation



Vasily Artamonov
Sculptures in town
Pervomaiskya Street (workshop)
Rylsk, Kursk Oblast, Russia
sculptures in town and in front of his house/workshop

November 16, 2017

Tatyana Pika, Украшенный интерьер в многоквартирном доме/Decorated interior in apartment building



Above pictured high rising apartment building in a suburb of Kiev, Ukraine, in recent years housed an extensive art environment. 

Located on the 13th floor, Tatyana Pika's artwork not only included her own apartment, but also the access area shared with the residents of the other flats on the floor.

In the early months of 2017 the creation was removed.


Life and works

The internet hasn't much biographic information about Tatyana Pika. She was born in 1959 or 1960, studied economy and had a relation with a medical institute. 

It's not impossibe that this medical institute was active in the field of alternative therapy, because it has been reported that Tatyana Pika was convinced that creative activities could help to overcome ailments, like she succeeded in curing herself of cancer. She may have been active as a people's healer.

first sight of the creation from the elevator

In the same way it is possible that she began transforming the communal area of the 13th floor into an art environment to rid the area of evil influences, used as it was as a meeting place for young drug addicts.


Anyway, around 2005 Tatyana began making her creation.

Basically the creation consisted of gypsum- and cement-plastered walls and ceilings, as well as floors with tiles and mosaic.The stucco was applied in such a thick layer that it could be modeled in the form of flowers, shells, birds and all kind of ornaments.

Also numerous decorations were added such as mirrors, shells, special stones from all parts of the world, but also dolls and other toys provided by children from the neighborhood.

Bunches of grapes and berries hang from the ceiling.


The color scheme of the walls was rather particular and impressive. It seems that it was directed upon stimulating halluciogenic or spiritual experiences, which was further enhanced by the use of luminous paint that arose in the otherwise dark-haunted atmosphere.

The reports of people who visited the site often spoke of a psychodelic experience in the transition from the elevator to the site, one reality to another. People said this was so unexpected and fast that it simply gave a shock.


Pictured above is the decorated large tube intended to dispose of the household waste, a usual facility in eastern European residential complexes. A portrait of Christ is bricked up above the flap.


The decorations on the walls include a variety of human characters, such as children as in above picture, women, mythical heroes or Cossacks as in the picture below.

But there also are a lot of depictions of animals, such as eagles, wolves tigers, rabbits, crocodiles....


Tatyana also embellished her own apartment with an exuberant amount of decorations, comparable with those in the communal entrance. The video by Polina Polyakova in the documentation has images of the interior.

It would take Tatyana some five years to give her creation the ultimate appearance and scope she had in mind.

Apart from her own apartment, the 13th floor had three other apartments. Allegedly the neighbors didn't oppose the project, but it is not clear if they assisted in decorating the common access area.


In 2010 for the first time a video of Tatyana's creation was published on You Tube (see documentation).

Summary of the video

In this video Tatyana talks about her motivation to create the decorations ¹.

She says that in doing this she realized a childhood dream about our planet Earth, where people live according to the laws of love, justice and happiness, the most important law being the law of motherhood.

"People have to understand the main thing: who is the mother or all of us? When we come to understand that our planet is our Mother and the Sun is our Father, we will respect and appreciate our own mothers. Only then we will be able to make changes for the better. I started to assemble all these things.

Also, my own experience of dealing with people, my own outlook and my ailment I had to cure- all these things together I asked to answer people all the questions "Why is it happening to me?" answers I have found. We have all the knowledge available in books. But the point is: who really needs it? Everybody wants a better life - wealthy and successful.



But actually, very few people offered me their help or wanted to know how and why I did it. Nobody wanted to join me in my creative work. I had to buy all materials in the Nova linia² and carry heavy bags home ... I was ready to show how I make it. I wanted to realize their dream! But then some people just tried to destroy my work ... "

Tatyana also says it is highly important to analyze the laws of life for raising kids. To love children for parents means to work much on themselves. Fairy-tales for children learn them the laws of harmony. And this site makes this tale real – colourful, bright and happy. Good parents are first of all responsible parents.


Further developments

The site gradually gained more publicity and especially after it was presented in the popular Ukrainian television program Орел и решка (Eagle and tails) the number of curious visitors increased.

In the course of 2016 Tatyana Pika decided to leave her apartment and sell it. Regarding the underlying reasons nothing has come out in publications, but it is conceivable that she felt very disappointed about the indifferent reaction of people around her regarding her creation.

There are reports that she has left abroad

The apartment was sold indeed. The new owner decided to remove all decorations, which was implemented in the first months of 2017.

Documentation
* Article (2012) on website ArtLine, with a large series of detail photo's of the decorations
* Article (2013) by Artemy Lebedev on his website, also with a large series of photo's 


A selection of videos (more available on You Tube)
* Video by Polina Polyakova The world of Tatiana Pika (9'45", You Tube, published july 2010), with Tatania talking about her creation and shots of the decorations in her apartment

*

*Video by Quotephoto, showing decorations in the common area (2'33", You Tube, January 2012)



Notes
¹ This summary could be  added thanks to Maria Pylypchuk from Ukraine
²  Nova Linia (New Line) is a network of supermarkets or building materials in Ukraine

Tatyana Pika
Decorated interior in apartment building
Radunskaya Street 26, 13th floor
Troieschyna, Kiev, Ukraine
site has been demolished