How did they build that?, 2021

by Gregory Orekhov

Sculpture : steel

181.5 x 19 x 3.8 cm 71.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 inch


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181.5 x 19 x 3.8 cm 71.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 inch Height x Width x Depth


The sculpture can be displayed outdoors


Abstract artworks



Geometric abstraction


Abstract Minimalism


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Artwork location: France

Mirror-polished stainless steel. 

The work "How did they build that?" is a multifaceted work of art that simultaneously evokes admiration for its form and makes you think about its content. Using five mirror-polished steel pipes of varying heights with rounded ends, the artist creates a silhouette reminiscent of one of Moscow's iconic Stalinist high-rises. This combination of elements not only recreates the image of a famous piece of architecture, but also symbolizes the power and grandeur that it represents.

However, behind the external beauty and perfection of form lies a deep metaphor, reflecting the dark aspects of Soviet power. The mirror polishing of the pipes not only gives the sculpture visual charm, but also metaphorically reflects the duality of the Russian system, where external brilliance hides dictatorship, lack of rights, torture and humiliation. This contrast between external appeal and internal content poses the main question of the work: "How did they build that?" – the question of what methods and costs were used to achieve external success and greatness.

The rounded shape of the end of the pipes, reminiscent of police batons, enhances the symbolism of the sculpture, indicating the repressive nature of state power and its willingness to use violence to maintain control and order. This element makes the image even more multifaceted, adding to the discussion of the police state theme.

Overall, the sculpture "How did they build that?" is a powerful artistic statement that forces viewers to consider the cost of external splendor and what dark aspects may lie behind the façade of power and progress. It offers insightful insight into the history and nature of power, leaving room for reflection and dialogue.

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Gregory Orekhov

Russian Federation  • 1976


Gregory Orekhov was born in 1976 in Moscow into the family of the outstanding sculptor and academic, Yuri Orekhov. From an early age, Orekhov studied in his father’s studio, mastering various sculpture techniques and materials. He later continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

In 2004, Orekhov founded the Creative Heritage of Academic Yuri Orekhov Museum, where he showcased a collection of the artist's works, tools and photographs from the archives.

In 2012, Orekhov returned to art full-time and began working in the direction of post-minimalism.

He is true to his language: pure form + a metaphorical image. One of his central works, entitled “Agatha”, is named after his daughter, whose birth served as an impetus for the creation of this work, as well as his artistic and life path in general.

Orekhov is an annual participant of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair. Moreover, he participated with his project “Salvation” as part of the parallel program of the Venice Biennale 2019. In 2020, Orekhov created the first large-scale modern sculpture in Russia, in honor of Kazimir Malevich, in a park of the same name. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Orekhov’s works can be found in the collections of the Russian Museum and the Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow (MAMM).

Since 2023 he lives and works in France.

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