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EDITORIAL

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INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER ORR
August Künnapu

INTERVIEW WITH
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Vilen Künnapu

THE LOST WORLD OF MAYA
Mathura

HARRY PYE’s POSTCARD FROM LONDON
Harry Pye

TO SEE NAPLES AND DIE...
Mehis Heinsaar

OCTAGONAL FOUNTAIN
Vilen Künnapu

TEAM

Octagonal Fountain

Architect Steiner stood in the middle of a trapezoid plaza. Long colonnades and a church sur-rounded the square. There was a fountain in the centre of the plaza and out of the shallow water rose two greenish bronze lions and a dark statue of a saint.

Steiner sat on the edge of the fountain and meditated. The deserted space of the plaza was intensely static; midday sun drew short blue shadows around the octagonal fountain. Steiner’s thoughts slowed down, he felt as if he was part of the fountain composition. His mind became crowded with pictures of childhood and youth, when the architect in him was still in developing stages. Dark-tanned mother on a small rented motorboat, chasing the waves on the Black Sea; mother swimming to the horizon and back. He remembered the fear of his kindergarten teachers, when they heard of the death of a local dictator and gathered the children to hide in the mighty fireplace as if the end of the world was approaching.

Vilen Künnapu. Fountain in Viimsi,
Estonia. Project, 2007.

There were images, events, complicated relationships projected onto the light gravel surface of the square and it seemed that everything was connected. World is not such an absurd place after all. In the immensity of chaos there are invisible laws taking place. One after another appeared Black Giant Engineer, Beautiful Volleyball Player, Genius Architect, women engineers’ quartet “Vampire”, Turkish Lover, four light-green storks, a fish, a tennis racket, a diamond car, a small girl, some angels and a smiling Grandmother with sparkles in her eyes.

Steiner was chuckling at the thought, how he used to love windowless houses. He liked to observe the endless play of light and shadow on the white Arabian stone-villages. While sketching his first houses, he used to meticulously hide the windows, which he most often succeeded in doing. Airless houses stood like solid prisms on barren landscapes. Interior was lighted by gap windows around the corner and on the ceiling and by small wells of light inside.

At one point, young Steiner saw the Giant Engineer standing behind his back, who uttered the words: “We will make you an architect one day.” Steiner’s heart started bouncing with wild joy. The Genius and Volleyball Player came closer too, both smiling with encouragement. Steiner knew then that a new life was starting for him, with fine experiences in form, dreams, dazzling glances, delicate visions, airplanes, desert flowers, cones, cubicles and cylinders. He opened his eyes and noticed that the clock in the church tower showed six. The blue shadows around the fountain had grown longer.

 

Vilen Künnapu

Vilen Künnapu is an architect and artist. See also his other stories in previous Epifanios and vilenkunnapu.pri.ee.