New airport to Kirkenes

Ilya Mukosey, an architect/ artist from Moscow, is exploring Kirkenes and the area around, planning to build a new airport… of snow and ice.

In the project «Arctic Cargo» that Ilya Mukosey is developing for Barents Spektakel 2012, the artist in a way refers to the Melanesian «cargo cults»: after the WWII the natives in Melanesia used to build mock airstrips and airports, real size, believing that airplanes would come and bring them CARGO – boxes full of miraculous western goods, which would make life better.
During the festival week the artist, with help of art students from Barents, will build airstrips on the ice of the First Lake. Every evening they will light candles and torches replacing the landing lights, and wait for an airplane to bring miracles to the Barents…

Official opening of the airport will take place on February 11th, Saturday, on the First Lake.