March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 42 June 2013


Kurochkin Valery A.

PhD. (Art Studies), Professor,
Head of Chair of Industrial Design,
Ural State University of Architecture and Art,
Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail: designkiv@gmail.com


Human comfort in an urban environment is determined by the unity between the visual images of all components of this environment: architecture, design and landscape, and their harmony with the inner human nature. The most prominent component of the person’s visual perception is art objects in the urban environment. An art object is an object of art which represents both material and artistic value filled with the semantic and functional content. The meaning of an art object in an urban environment may be identified based on international experiences, analysis and classification of which helps identify the following features: genre-relatedness, integral character, self-sufficiency, functionality, and modularity or transformabilty.

The experience of creating art objects in Russia, which is not yet widespread, shows that the closest to this notion are numerous sculptural forms or compositions with stylized ironic implication.

This article considers art design products only. The basic distinguishing features of this genre is the creation of compositions in accordance with the principles of design, using techniques and methods that belong to this creative activity. The designer’s approach to an art object allows the latter to be consciously given one or several functions.

The design projects of art objects («Garden of Lanterns», «Global», etc.) made by the students of the Industrial Design Department at the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts (Ekaterinburg, Russia) for the competition «Small Architectural Forms of Ekaterinburg» follow the international tendencies in the design of art objects. The ecological orientation of the projects is due to the aggressiveness and pollution of the urban environment and its insufficient comfort. The natural images of the art objects and user-friendly design help considerably alleviate the adverse impact of the environment on the individual, create a positive and comfortable atmosphere, and improve the quality of life.


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Key words: art object, art design, urban environment, eco-design

Russian text of this article

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