The writer has found his own piece of marble very soon. And he carved the bust of Voltaire out of it with the simplest tools. It was followed by busts of Dante, Homer, Shakespeare and other historical personalities. And then he came up with an idea to create a gallery of historical sculptural portraits. However, the sculpture, apparently, didn’t comprise the scale of the Master’s personality, and this resulted in a more grandiose idea - to build a gallery of civilizations. The concept was to place everything that has always contradicted and opposed each other in the historical context, in a single relatively small space. The Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity, the East and the West.
The talent of Aleksandr Alekseyev is multifaceted. He doesn’t have classical architectural education, but has a rare ability to take a tool and “cut off all unnecessary” without making sketches and copies usually created from clay or plasticine, and then replicated in stone. And the image embodied in stone begins to live its own life.