William Pye Water Scupture

Three sculptures in Russia

On 1st November 2006 I learned that the head of the Mariinsky organisation wished to acquire three of my works - 'Coracle', 'Dish Vortex' and 'Starburst'. These water sculptures were destined for the new Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg and had to be in place and up and running in time for the opening on 29th November, giving me just four weeks.

The pieces were collected within a week and travelled by road to Lubeck in northern Germany, thence by ferry to Lithuania, continuing by road through Latvia and Estonia to Russia, arriving on 20th November. Despite a number of setbacks which included a three day delay at customs, all three pieces were delivered and installed in time for the inaugural concert on 29th November.