Nikola-Lenivets is the largest art park in Europe. It is located around a tiny village in the Kaluga region. There, right under the open sky, a collection of works of modern art and architecture has developed. Nikola-Lenivets is 650 hectares of land open for creative experiments and the search for innovative solutions in various fields - from art to eco-farming. The park hosts the creation of objects by artists and architects of the highest international level, and by local residents. The founder of the park is the artist Nikolay Polissky.
The artist who made Nikola-Lenivets famous, Polissky visited the place of power for the first time in 1989. He then painted oil landscapes for 10 years before he was inspired to place his artworks and installations in this area. In order to attract new creative forces and expand the audience, in 2006 he created the Archstoyanie festival there, which attracted other artists and the attention of the general public to the art park.
After years of studying the Nikola-Lenivets area through painting, Nikolay Polissky suddenly came up with the idea of 'entering the landscape'. By presenting a huge army of snowmen on the snow-covered bank of the Ugra River, he decided to turn their stand into reality and asked the locals to make two hundred pieces. In 2000 that first great project, Snowmen, appeared on the land, which marks the beginning of Nikola-Lenivets art park.
Nikolay Polissky creates all his works together with the society of artists - Nikola-Lenivets Crafts.He calls them his co-authors and explains that without their help, nothing would have happened. The team follow him wherever the artist and his village assistants are invited. Nikolay Polissky and the Nikola-Lenivets Crafts artists have together created key projects in Russia, in many European cities, across Asia, and they represented Russia at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008.