Foundation pit

Platonov’s heroes sought to overcome wretched pre-revolutionary life; currently, we are trying to create a life better than the Soviet times. Yet all projects to build a Tower of Babel fail: the man still finds himself at the bottom of the Babel foundation pit. Zinc is reminiscent of tubs which in the old days were used to bathe children, and also of zinc coffins. Besides birth and death, zinc also makes an appearance halfway: these basins are used by Central Asian laborers (“guest workers”) to remove garbage. Sokol places people themselves in these basins, sadly noting that human material always ends up as waste thrown away in pursuit of another high ideal.

Diana Machulina