SELF PORTRAIT

(2002)

The soundtrack for this sculpture is a traditional Russian tune for barrel-organ a lover laments leaving his beloved and his homeland. It was recorded for us by a friend – artist and philosopher Boris Axelrod (Axel), expelled from the USSR by the KGB in the 1970s.

AURORA

(1997)

According to Soviet legend, the gun of this navy ship shot a signal to herald the 1917 October Revolution, the social experiment that lasted 70 years and cost 60 million lives. The ship is still moored in the centre of St.Petersburg, pointing her guns towards the Hermitage.


Dedicated to George Wyllie, the Scottish sculptor and creator of the peaceful giant The Paper Boat.

FORGET ME NOT

(1996)

Dedicated to Maggy Lenert Stead who presented us with a funny piece of scrap found in her vegetable garden. Maggy loves our native Russia in spite of her knowledge about its dark and dangerous side. But who knows where these three are heading ... 


“... And what Russian does not love fast driving? How could his soul, which is so eager to whirl round and round, to forget everything in a mad carousel, to exclaim sometimes ‘To hell with it all!’ – how could his soul not love it? ... Oh, you troika, you bird of a troika, who invented you? You could only have been born among a high-spirited people in a land that does not like doing things by halves but has spread in a vast smooth plain over half the world ... Is it not like that you, too, Russia, are speeding along like a spirited troika that nothing can overtake?  ... What is the meaning of this terrifying motion? ... Russia, where are you flying to? Answer! She gives no answer ... “
                                                                    Nickolai Gogol: Dead Souls

ORIENT EXPRESS

VICTORIA

THE LAST EAGLE OF THE HIGHLANDS

JOCK’s JOKES

TIME OF RATS

MASTER & MARGARITA

LA STRADA (ON THE ROAD)

RAG AND BONE MAN

CRUSADER

TITANIC

NIKODYM

SHAMAN

When I’m asked where my ideas come from, I can only say “from heaven”. I have a feeling that it is not me who makes the machines, they make themselves, I just help them into existence”.

Eduard Bersudsky

(2002)

The Orient Express is an image of Death, which is always female in the Russian language, riding a railcar over the vast steppes of Russia. It recalls the devastating revolution and civil war in Russia (1917-23), when opposing armies travelled endlessly across the country to fight each other. 

(1994)

The figure of a crucified man in a yarmulke (Jewish skullcap) comes to life in the centre of moving chains, swords and saws. It looks like a nightmare, a strange dance or attempt to escape, to fly away while the clarinet plays Jerusalem of Gold. Dedicated to the memory of our best friend Victor Schwartz who did reach his promised land although too late ...

(1994)


Dedicated to Mike McGrady, who spent years studying the behavior of Scottish Golden Eagles. Commercial spruce trees were planted too close to each other in order to get maximum profit from the wood.


The eagles with their huge wing-span could not hunt there and many left their homeland. So too did many people of different nationalities, when they could not find enough space to spread their wings. 

(1993)


This is the first kinemat built by Eduard in Scotland. He discovered new materials – the beautiful remnants of British industrial design. Most of it came from the Scottish Borders chimney sweep Jock Redburn. This work is dedicated to Jock and the addiction we share – the love for old scrap.

(1991)


The mole is like Russia – a very strong but blind animal controlled by clever rats enjoying themselves on his back.

(2002)


Dedicated to the memory of Tim Stead, the unique master of wood and artist of life, who loved Master and Margarita by Michael Bulgakov.


In the novel, the Devil visits Moscow in the 1930s in the guise of a circus artist. He behaves more humanely than most humans. Margarita, a local woman, agrees to play the part of the Queen at his equinox ball. In return, she requests he frees from prison her lover, the Master, whose only crime was writing a novel about Pontius Pilate and Yeshua Ha-Nozri (Jesus of Nazareth).

(1995)


Who pulls the strings?  Who is being pulled?  An old story, an old tune, a road without an end.


The title refers to the Federico Fellini film of the same name.

(2002)


For many years Eduard was finding materials for his work at the Barras Market just a ten minute walk from his workshop. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man is a tribute to the traders of the Barras, connoisseurs of old junk.

(2000)


What a joy to march in a crowd, to be part of something – whatever the cause, whatever the banners.

(1994)


On loan from Glasgow Museums


Dedicated to the memory of Margarita Klimova, a friend and small brave woman who spent four years in Soviet prison and then exile for disseminating forbidden books. She fell badly ill and we invited her to Scotland in an attempt to save her life. Everybody here did their best to help – Amnesty International, doctors and nurses in the Edinburgh Western Infirmary, just ordinary people. It seemed she had won her fight for life. She went back to Russia and died within two months because there was no blood in the hospital for the transfusion she needed.

(1992)


Co-operation of genders.

METal MAchines

BEAR’S TOWER  |  2012

WILLY The BELFRY  |  1994 - 2011

TREE OF LIFE  |  2005

FLYING BULL  |  2012

Everybody is seriously busy with their tasks, but the Bear has climbed to the roof and flies his swallows.

Willy was a Shetland pony who patiently and passionately watched Eduard working in Blainslie – the village where we spent our first two years in Scotland. Eduard made a kinemat dedicated to him and placed a German barrel-organ on his back. After the years of work and travel it wore out and produced unbearable sounds. For a while Willy stood still and silent, bearing the grudge, but recently he got a new load from the Master – the belfry made of Singer sewing machines and bells from Jaffa flea market.

This kinemat is based on both Slavic and Celtic beliefs in the magical relationship between humans, trees and animals.


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