MIHAIL simeonov

SECRETARY-GENERAL'S STATEMENT AT UNVEILING OF BRONZE ELEPHANT IN GARDEN OF UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS. SG/SM/6800 HQ/589. 18 November 1998. .....Eighteen years have passed since Mihail Simeonov went to Kenya, tranquillized a wild bull elephant and took a cast of it before releasing it unharmed into the wild. Since that day, the story has taken many twists and turns. There have been several rounds of painstaking negotiations. At one point, there was even the accidental destruction of some of the original mold in a college boathouse. The final wrangle concerned the mode of transport from the foundry in Brooklyn. Plans for a boat ride on the East River and a helicopter lift were discussed and discarded; finally, our friend was wheeled on the back of a flat-bed truck along First Avenue. A crane was on hand to put it in place. But as we see this magnificent animal stand before us today, it was worth the wait. The sheer size of this creature humbles us. And so it should. For it shows us that some things are bigger than we are. It tells us that Earth is not ours, but a treasure we hold in trust for future generations. It teaches us that if our global village is to be a truly desirable place for all of us on this planet, it must be guided by a wish to nurture and preserve, and not to threaten or destroy, the variety of life that gives it value. And so, as the animal that never forgets, let the elephant serve as our institutional memory; let us remember that when future generations come to this garden as mature adults, this elephant will still be here. As we walk by it in the days and years to come, may all five tones of it stand as a daily reminder that we are all in debt to Mother Earth; that we ignore this at our peril; and that, if and when the elephant wakes up because we have failed in our duty, chances are it will ask for much more than peanuts. I thank you all. ******* In the following years the artist concentrated on figurative sculptures made of air contained in thin and transparent metal skin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-SaoIA6Cts&feature=channel_page The artist’s most recent work in progress, started in 2004, with which he applies for the 2009 Guggenheim fellowship, is the installation project named HUMANITY. New York Grand Central station is used as an example of a large public space. The project integrates sculptural elements, projections and music: About 1000 inflated figures float beneath the vaulted ceiling of a magnificent public hall, metamorphosing the space into a giant sanctuary of humanity past present and future. Sublimated image of time compressed and the equivalence of all people.see more