Nikolay Polissky's Latest Project is Slated to Be Burned Down

Russian artist Nikolay Polissky's latest project is a large, handcrafted wooden pyramid built from recycled pallets and the tops of logs — materials most often relegated as cheap sources of firewood during frigid Russian winters. Polissky chose such material for his wooden pyramid because of its celebratory purpose; the structure is for the upcoming Maslenitsa festival, a traditional spring holiday in Russia that culminates with the ceremonial burning of symbols that represent winter.

The wooden pyramid is still in its construction phase at the moment. In the coming weeks, Polissky will cover the exterior with unusable rolls of hay that will help the pyre to burn down more easily. That eventual burning ceremony will take place in the field where the pyramid stands on February 25th.