Monument to Juri Lotman

The long-serving professor of the University of Tartu was one of the brightest scientists in 20th century Tartu. Lotman studied the history of Russian literature and culture and general regularities of culture. He laid the foundation of cultural semiotics and was the founder of the Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics.
The monument to the world-famous culturologist and semiotician, which consists of pipes, water and light, was opened on 6 October 2007. The idea for the sculpture made of 15 m of steel pipe is based on the self-portrait of Juri Lotman. Authors of the monument: Mati Karmin, architect Andres Lunge.

The long-serving professor of the University of Tartu was one of the brightest scientists in 20th century Tartu. Lotman studied the history of Russian literature and culture and general regularities of culture. He laid the foundation of cultural semi

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  • Never realised that is a monument to someone

    It must have been nice as conceived, but when I saw it it was just a mass of twisted pipes, the fountains did not work and just a little stale water was left at the bottom of the pool. Definitely not...

  • Horrible example of modern "art"

    The "statue" of famous professor Lotman that is situated infront of the Tartu University library. It is ok looking as a fountain and offers a good sitting place for studying and book reading, but as...

  • Nice idea and humorous memorial

    Having read Lotman's pioneering "Semiotics of Cinema" (1976), I was delighted to find his self-caricature in 3D spouting out water in this fountain feature near Tartu University Library. You can also...


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