I stand in the middle of you, Tallinn. You look good, cars on your streets are like blood in my veins, I wink to your facades, you have made yourself up nicely. I stand in the middle of you, Tallinn, and you cannot deceive me. You too have your back and eyes that cannot see behind the back. This is where I want to go. I want to go somewhere, where your joints creak and the cracks on the walls form patters on your skin. These places are troublesome to remember, for who would want to stand in front of his own guts – the roughness of rocks, broken window panes, and old armoured concrete, like piles of guts and tendons in our bodies. I go to where the sea starts, where old boats stand like your loyal soldiers in the battle on the shores of time. From here towards your heart lies an old prison, a factory, a disintegrating memory of the Olympic Games, the smell of peat bricks and the bottom of the sea. Here the world rises, where the tzars lived and flags trembled. Three shells, three domes that have endured all the winds and rains, beating and biting these walls, scraping the roofs. There might be no-one here, it seems as if no-one ever was, and never will be. I stand in the middle of the forsaken world wonder emptiness. Here you are, my true Tallinn, my pantheon, my hagia sophia. This is your border and the centre of the world. Here I am, behind your back, in your wonderful backyard, in your dirty garden of wishes, with you Tallinn, together.
Tallinn hydroplane hangars were designed and built by a Danish engineering company Christiani & Nielsen under the guidance of artist-engineer Herluf Forchhammer in 1916-1917. The building was ordered by the Sea Fort of the Russian Emperor Peter the Great. It is the world's first largest (36 x 116 m bridged space) reinforced concrete shell construction. By the summer of 2011, Estonian Maritime Museum has ordered the reconstruction of the building, with the help of KOKO Architects and engineers Karl Õiger and Heiki Ontonen. See also: Carl-Dag Lige, "Vesilennukite angaaride ajalugu ja uuestisünd" Sirp 19.11.2010; Heiki Onton's PhD thesis: http://digi.lib.ttu.ee/i/?296; Inseneeria, September 2010, p 6–11, http://inseneeria.eas.ee/images/stories/inseneeria_25/pdf/06-11_emaailma.pdf
Photos: Arne Maasik
(1971) is an Estonian writer and essayist. Has published eight books, three of them novels: "Maailm ja mõni" ("The World and Some", 2001), "Tema" ("She", 2006) and "Hetk" ("A Moment", 2009).
(1971) is an Estonian photographer and architect.
See also his catalogue "Photos 1994–2007" and www.arnemaasik.org