"We are all connected, to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically."- Neil deGrasse Tyson
Garadagh. The territory of wind. Due to the rapid development of Baku and the emergence of numerous cultural projects, art has moved outside the capital, and appeared in a whole new area of the country.
Post-industrial harmony. An amazing project by the famous artist and avant-garde sculptor Altay Sadikhzade, created within the boundaries of the AzMeCo methanol plant in Garadagh district, is a sculptural complex consisting of 17 art objects located next to the gigantic industrial construction of the plant. This open-air sculpture museum is a kind of experiment in immersing artists in the romanticism of the era of the industrial and cultural revolutions. The result is eclectic – an unusual unity of giant refinery and abstract sculptures with the natural landscape of Garadagh in the background.
Alternative energy. The central structure, Factory of the Wind, created by Altay Sadikhzade holds the entire composition of the complex. It is reminiscent of a kind of wind or solar collector, which generates energy to unite all the other small and medium size works of art around it. This sculpture consists of the capsule of a powerful steel reactor located at its center, out of which some clockwork parts and windmills with giant wheels and blades seem to grow, thus creating a structural tension between the different parts of the sculpture.
Alien spaceships. The museum presents a wide range of dynamic compositions, very bright and bold in colour, created by talented Azerbaijani artists possessing an inexhaustible imagination, such as Eldar Mamedov, Aida Makhmudova, Aga Ousseynov and Altay Sadikhzade. Located within the plant space these fantastic works take their material from the industrial detritus – tubes, pipes, fittings and metal beams, bear the features of metaphysical abstract symbolism and resemble the peaceful invasion of extraterrestrial objects. As if hypnotized, we vainly try to unravel the secrets of these sculptures made in the style of Nouveau Réalisme. The dynamic yellow sculpture Naive Meteorology by Aga Ousseynov, which is about to start its rhythmic motion; the impressive installation created by Aida Makhmudova, collected from an old tracery window frame, evokes nostalgia by linking a cosmic future with details from the past; the grandiose pink coach by Sadikhzade, reminiscent of a time machine; as well as romantic heroes by Eldar Mamedov, deprived of identity - eternal observers and immortal guardians of the winds.
The emergence of the plant-museum came about when the chairman of the board of AzMeCo, Nizami Piriyev, a longtime art lover, decided to add creativity to the industrial zone of the plant. Arranging Art Zones in abandoned factories and garages is not a new concept, but this cultural expansion into the area of an active methanol plant, producing what is considered an alternative fuel, symbolizes a new era of industrial and cultural boom in the country.