FOREST STORIES AT THE SUMMER GARDENS OF THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM IN ST PETERSBURG:
A selection of Davies’ images are included in the Forest Stories Exhibition at the spectacular Summer Gardens of The Russian Museum in Saint-Petersburg. This outdoor exhbition explores the intricate relationship between man and forests through a large-scale outdoor exhibition with artists from all over the world working in photography, graphic and video installations, sound and object design.
15th May – 15th June.
The Summer Garden
(text from the Russian Musuem website).
Not much is left in Saint-Petersburg since the time of its foundation. The Summer Garden is one of the places where one can feel the atmosphere of Peter’s time.
The garden with a collection of sculptures and the Summer Palace that was the first Emperor-s residence constitute a single museum complex. Naturally, the Cabin of Peter the Great is also included in the museum.
The Summer Garden is a pearl in the garden necklace of Petersburg. Peter I really liked this garden. It was laid out in 1704. Time has changed the garden a lot; however, its original planning still remains.
The Summer Palace of Peter I laid out according to the project by Domenico Trezzini in 1714 is one of the earliest monuments of architecture in Saint-Petersburg. The Summer Palace has never been rebuilt and suffered no damage during the Great Patriotic War compared to Peter-s buildings in Petergof.
Peter I wanted the garden of his residence to be as beautiful as the famous gardens of European Monarchs. To decorate the Summer Garden he commissioned marble busts and statues from Italy. This purchase laid the foundation of the collection of sculpture of European level.
The Neva fencing of the Summer Garden is an architectural masterpiece of universal fame. The impressive monumentality merges miraculously with lightness, simplicity and grace.
The first building in Saint-Petersburg – the log Cabin of Peter the Great is situated opposite the Summer Garden, on the right bank of the Neva river, in the shade of large oaks. It was built in May 1703 and is still preserved as a unique halidom of Peter-s time.