Georg Ots statue competition winner announced

  • 2020-04-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – A winner has been chosen in a design competition for a monument to commemorate Estonian baritone Georg Ots that is to be installed in front of the Estonia National Opera and Concert Hall in Tallinn.

The chair of the competition jury, Tallinn Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev, said that the entry, "Muusa," by sculptors Ilme and Riho Kuld, landscape architect Kristofer Soop from mimikri studio OU and architect Ott Alver from Arhitekt Must OU stood out both in terms of its urban spatial qualities and its classical approach.

"The artistic representation of the work is multifaceted, because Ots' likeness is combined with dynamic abstract forms," ??Belobrovtsev said according to the English-language news portal of public broadcaster ERR, adding that in terms of urban space, a terrace-like "private space" will be created in front of the concert hall.

"A place to stay and tarry which does not diminish the effectiveness of the National Opera building, but instead highlights it," Belobrovtsev said.

"It is important that the conceptual work continues so that the authors of the work become more closer to Ots than during the implementation phase, and the artistic possibilities of bringing the sculpture to the present day might be considered," the deputy mayor added.  

The winning work receives a 10,000 euro prize, and the Tallinn Environment and Public Utilities Board will enter into a contract for services with the winners.

Of the remaining 10 entries, the jury said that none merited a second or third prize.

Of the rest of the entries, "Bariton," by sculptor Vergo Vernik and architects Toivo Tammik and Andres Magi from OU AB Ansambel, and "Paralleelmaailmad," by Hillar Viks, sculptor Seakula Simson and architects Reet Valks and Urve Konts from OU R. Valk Arhitektuuribüroo were both recognized with a 1,000 prize.

The decisions of the jury were unanimous. 

In addition to Belobrovtsev, the jury also included Aivar Mae, director general of the Estonian National Opera; Ignar Fjuk, head of the Tallinn City Planning Board; Ain Valdmann, head of the Tallinn Environment and Public Utilities Board; architect Mihkel Tuur; sculptors Kirke Kangro and Edith Karlson, and Mart Mikk, head of the Estonia Society. 

Noted Estonian singer and actor Georg Ots would have been 100 in March this year. Ots, whose extensive repertoire included songs in Russian and in Finnish, was hugely popular across the Soviet Union as well as in Finland. The singer died from a brain tumor in 1975.