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Takehiko Nagakura, an architect and professor at MIT, leads a project called Unbuilt Monuments, which imagines, through computer-graphics technology, what early-modern unrealized monuments would look like in their intented cityscapes. (He was inspired, in part, by Albrecht Dürer’s perspective machine, devised in 1525.) I’m quite familiar with Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International by way of the much-reproduced photograph of the artist alongside a model of the proposed construction. However, this video of Tatlin’s rotating, multipurpose corkscrew towering over Saint Petersburg’s low buildings makes me think I’ve never fully appreciated what Viktor Shklovsky called a monument “of iron and glass and revolution.”

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    These monuments are horrid and beautiful at the same time.
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