It’s a royal flush, the great titles of poker fan out on the table. Everyone scowls behind their shades, watching their chips fall to the hands of their opponent. The idea here is playing cards like these holding up an isolated, unoccupied throne.

Called “Figure #1: Stability” this presentation sets a bold statement with its message in the stone cold Russian countryside. Timofey Radya has given us a taste of his convictions concerning power. The backdrop is simply a wall of pines that blanket the hills, fluffy snow is the stage. Like a bunch of monkeys the crew sets up the “cards” (55 riot shields) to a circus sampler, careful to roll out an honorable red carpet, just in time for the kingly seat to be put in place. After just a short time standing, it crumbles from below, exposing great weakness and uncertain engineering. A threatening symbol of power has been turned into satire. Bravo!

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