Two Highways

Probably we each want to know where we come from.
Why am I here? What’s my purpose?
It’s a question that can’t be answered.
But there have always been madmen who’ve tried to solve this dilemma.
Have they solved it or not?
Apparently not, but there’s always hope.
All previous bio-forms are repeated in the individual, and mankind’s entire spiritual experience is contained within him as well. I repeat all this variety from the moment of birth to the moment of death. From our emergence to our departure from this sinful earth.

This is the first part of Two Highways: the earthly way.

Then there’s the heavenly path.

Maybe it exists, maybe it doesn’t.

I don’t know.
I race across the earth’s surface in a high-speed vehicle. Out of the corner of my eye I catch images and artifacts from the Stone Age to the present. The journey takes me through Europe into Africa and then over the Atlantic. I cross America and reach Alaska. Then it’s on to Japan, Asia, Oceania, Australia. Finally, after crossing Antarctica, the journey ends in South America.
I came up with the idea of making a large painting: no less than 500 meters long and 10 meters high. In a human environment: a city, for example.
I divided this project into three parts.

I – 1200 black-and-white sketches

II – 6000 pastel drawings

III – a 5000 square meter painting based on the first two stages

First came the black-and-white sketches, 1200 of them. Then I decided to do five scenes based on each of the sketches, which were like scenarios or plays. So I ended up with 1200 plays. Each play then generated five pastels—6000 pastels in total. This was the second stage of the project, and it has already been completed.
Now I’m left with the third stage: a 5000 square meter painting. Whether it’s outside or inside doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t matter what the medium is: it could be oil or tempera or acrylic or glass or ceramics or smalt or stained glass or concrete or metal or wood. It doesn’t matter what the medium is. It could be secco or fresco. It all depends on how much money people give for this project. That is how I conceive the project.
Two parts of the project are done. All I have to do is finish the third part.

Boris Koshelokhov