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.
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Easy to find this metal sculpture on Vanemuise just up from the Vanemuine theatre. A walk around the metal pipe sculpture brings the form into a perfect outline portrait of this significance academic. Unfortunately insensitively encroached on in the last 8 months by some University signage.
Written April 26, 2018
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 Tomemägi hill. Great scholar, good memorials.
Written September 5, 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
Written April 25, 2016
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 of the way for.
Written August 14, 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. It really takes some fantasy to recognize the features of Lotmans face in that. So in conclusion a nice pool of water to sit next to on a sunny day but not much to look at.
Written July 27, 2017
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.
Written June 24, 2015
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