In our youth, life was simple. Unfortunately, adulthood and the stressful day-to-day obligations that it brings can, at times, make it difficult to tap into that innocent and imaginative nature that many of us have lost touch with. At this year’s Burning Man, Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Milov decided to design an installation to capture the beauty of the inner-children within all of us. Titled “Love,” the installation depicts the hollow, metal frame silhouettes of a man and a woman sitting back to back. Within the adult-shaped prisons, however, are sculptures of children reaching toward one another, yearning for embrace as they emanate a warm and soothing glow in the desert night.
“It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature,” Milnov explains. “Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.”