In St. Petersburg, the sculptor confused the French architect with the Scottish chemist
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Architecture historian Cyril Posternak noticed a mistake in the sculptural composition "Architects": its author Alexander Taratynov confused French architect Jean-François Tom de Thomon with the Scottish chemist Thomas Thompson.
The sculptural composition was installed in St. Petersburg's Alexander Park in 2011, in addition to "Tom de Thomon", it includes figures of architects Rastrelli, Rossi, Trezzini, Montferrand, Voronikhin, Zakharov and Bazhenov, who sit at the table. The investor of the project was Gazprom: the company forwarded the issue of error to the author of the sculpture.
Alexander Taratynov is the author of the sculptural composition "Architects" in the Alexander Park of St. Petersburg, in which attentive citizens considered the face of the Scottish chemist instead of architect Tom de Thomon, until he received requests to correct the mistake.
"It is not written on my sculpture that this is Tom de Thomon! And it can be presented as a collective image of the architect of that time. I have not yet been approached with the question of the replacement of sculpture," Taratynov told Interfax.
He also complained about the dissemination of unreliable information in the network. “I propose to pay attention to the numerous media, open sources, Internet resources, who distribute the wrong images and information, and ask them why they do that. Often the artist becomes a hostage of this,” he added.
There are no portraits of an engineer who lived at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. But, as only seven years after the installation of the monument to the historian of architecture, Cyril Posternak, remarked, this did not bother the author of the composition: he did not go to the historians, but took an engraving that was attached to an article about Tom de Thomon in Wikipedia (now it has already been removed from there) .
The sculptor naturally and accurately conveyed all its details, even the jabot, only on that engraving was depicted the Scottish scientist Thomas Thomson, who survived the St. Petersburg architect for 40 years. An outstanding chemist researched plants and the theory of the atomic structure of matter, he lived all his life in the British Empire,but now he has to stand in the middle of the former royal capital of faraway Russia, to which it has absolutely nothing to do.
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According to Interfax, the author of the sculpture acknowledged that he used photographs from the Internet and did not engage in additional historical research.