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Monument to Juri Lotman

W. Struve tn, Tartu, Estonia
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Never realised that is a monument to someone

It must have been nice as conceived, but when I saw it it was just a mass of twisted pipes, the... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
London, United Kingdom
Horrible example of modern "art"

The "statue" of famous professor Lotman that is situated infront of the Tartu University library... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Tartu, Estonia
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The long-serving professor of the University of Tartu was one of the brightest scientists in 20th century Tartu. Lotman studied the history of Russian literature and culture and general regularities of culture. He laid the foundation of cultural semiotics and was the founder of the Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics. The monument to the world-famous culturologist and semiotician, which consists of pipes, water and light, was opened on 6 October 2007. The idea for the sculpture made of 15 m of steel pipe is based on the self-portrait of Juri Lotman.Authors of the monument: Mati Karmin, architect Andres Lunge.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good21%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible10%
14 Aug 2017
“Never realised that is a monument to someone”
27 Jul 2017
“Horrible example of modern "art"”
W. Struve tn, Tartu, Estonia
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

It must have been nice as conceived, but when I saw it it was just a mass of twisted pipes, the fountains did not work and just a little stale water was left at the bottom of the pool. Definitely not something to go out...More

Thank andrasz
Reviewed 27 July 2017

The "statue" of famous professor Lotman that is situated infront of the Tartu University library. It is ok looking as a fountain and offers a good sitting place for studying and book reading, but as a statue it looks like a pile of bent pipes....More

Thank nublex
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Having read Lotman's pioneering "Semiotics of Cinema" (1976), I was delighted to find his self-caricature in 3D spouting out water in this fountain feature near Tartu University Library. You can also sit on one of the two memorial Lotman benches by the old cathedral on...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

An interesting fountain when it is actually working but could use some explanation and could add a splash of color like the fountains in Paris

Thank jeffthecheff
Reviewed 24 June 2015

Accidentally stumbled across this sculpture when there was a cycling event happening in town, beautiful steel-pipe sculpture dedicated to Yuri Lotman, whom was a professor of the University of Tartu and one of the greatest scientists from Estonia.

Thank Jacqueline A
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