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Open Air Art: Two Days in Nikola Lenivets Art Park

Road Trip Route. Catch a connection to the cosmos alongside the giant "Universal Mind", To feel the perfect scenery, Running through the fields, gazing at the stars, .

You may have heard about "Nikola-Lenivets", an art park near the village of the same name, in connection with the architectural festival "Archstoyanie". For almost 15 years 650 hectares of forests and fields near Kaluga have been beckoning dreamers who come up with incredible projects. The main advantage of most art objects is that they are made of environmentally friendly materials and you can (and should) climb them. It is unreal to walk around all the interesting points in Nikola-Lenivets in one day. You can try to do it in two. "Nikola-Lenivets" works all year round. It's desirable that the weather isn't bad - then the landscapes promise to touch your heart. If it's very cold, you can move along the main road of the park, going out for a walk to the objects from the road. *Descriptions of some of the sites are taken from [official website]( *

Arts and Creativity, Unique Locations, 🎅 Winter Trips. From: Moscow

Marina Selivanova. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Moscow - Nikola-Lenivets

We leave Moscow in the morning and arrive in Nikola-Lenivets Park, the biggest art park in Europe, in the afternoon. We wander there through fields and forests until sunset, climb art objects and don't forget to take pictures.


You can buy entrance tickets to the art park at the ticket office. There is also a Selpo facility nearby. It is also worth picking up a map of the park to find the objects scattered around the vast area. Nikolay Polissky has turned the ruins of the former shop into a total sculpture: the concrete walls are covered with an intricate texture of wooden blocks, reminiscent of a lost temple of an ancient civilization.

Belyye Vorota

Almost immediately after entering, you can stop and look at the White Gate. The arch from antiquity itself is a symbol of the triumph of victory. The artist fills the form with new meanings through the choice of material.

Угра Кафе

Cozy cafe Ugra in the park is open every day from 8:30 to 20:30. The best option for lunch, dinner and breakfast if you didn't take food with you.

Lazy Ziggurat

The Lazy Ziggurat is an attempt to grow volume from cages of "cubes" by following only the rules of chopping.

Удаленный офис

A remote office is a kind of a mean between the ivory tower of a western architect working in his ultra-modern studio and the hut of a hermit in the middle of nowhere, pondering the fate of the world and sending the fruits of his findings over the Internet.

Ротонда Бродского

The rotunda is a small house in the middle of a field.

Arch Bernasconi

The arch is an architectural and spatial study, it stands at the border of the forest and the field.

Угра Кафе

Dinner in a cafe, unless you bring a charcoal grill and kebab.


The park has many different accommodation options in any season. Reservations can be made online at [official website](

Day 2: Another day among the forests, fields and phantasmagoric figures.

Half a day we will spend in "Nikola-Lenivets": you will see so much more unusual, large-scale, strange! We will go home closer to 16:00 - to have dinner and to deliver the car in time.

Угра Кафе

Breakfast at the cafe, which is almost home, and then you go for a walk on the territory again. Dress according to the weather, the distances for walking here are long.


An 8-metre wooden ear is perched on the hillside. According to the authors' idea, the ear, turned towards the river, allows you to isolate the noise from the village and feel the harmony with nature.

Lighthouse On The Ugra

After listening to the silence, we run down to the river to climb the 18-meter lighthouse, the symbol of the park. A curious fact: the lighthouse was erected in three months without a single nail (though, using a metal frame). The main thing is to make sure that the stairs are not slippery.

Вселенский разум

"Universal Mind" is the largest installation by Nikolay Polissky, the founder of Archstoyanie festival. A huge wooden brain, to which a colonnade leads.


We jump in the car and drive to the Beaubourg. A reference to the Pompidou (aka Beaubourg) Museum in Paris, whose façade is adorned with ventilation pipes.

Gazpromneft filling station #79

It's a great trip, isn't it? And for it to be dynamic, come to the Gazpromneft filling station, take water and a snack.

Royal Palace

It's time to have dinner, make a stop exactly halfway - in Obninsk. Just down the road you will find the Royal Palace restaurant of Caucasian cuisine. If you want something simpler, you can stop at the entrance to the city where you will find a couple of Uzbek restaurants and roadside cafes.