Tram Accident at Patriarchy
The main installation of this year’s Circle of Light International Festival held at Patriarshy Prudy (Patriarchal Ponds), Moscow is a scene from the cult novel “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov (written between 1929 and 1940, but not published until 1967), where the small park surrounding Patriarchy Ponds is transformed into a scene from the novel. The book begins with a tram accident, when the Devil suddenly appears in Moscow disguised as a magician, Professor Woland and causes one of the book’s characters, Annushka, to spill sunflower oil on the tram rails which in turn causes a tram accident that results in the death of the head of the literary bureaucracy, Berlioz.
The novel presents three intertwined stories – a visit by Satan to Moscow; a Faustian love story of a writer and his lover, Margarita, and Jesus’ condemnation by Pontius Pilate to execution. The Moscow and Jerusalem stories have parallels, and the love story connects the two.
Photo #264 taken on October 01, 2015
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