About the Artwork
Michail Pirgelis works exclusively with authentic aviation materials, which he selects from aircraft scrapyards in the American desert. UNIVRS is a cross-section of an airplane – specifically the passenger area of an Airbus 300. The width of the work reflects the exact measurements of one seating row in a plane, this is evident once the two window openings on both sides come into view. By separating the material from its original context, and reducing it to minimal form, the sculpture becomes abstract and develops a new, unique aesthetic. The exposed skeletal structure evokes architecture as well as the space surrounding it.
Year: 2012 / 2018
© Michail Pirgelis Courtesy Sprüth Magers Photo: © Nick Turpin
Aluminium, titanium, lacquer
301 x 569.5 x 62 cm