VSW to Paint World's Largest Mural and to Open Its Doors to Public

The United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) has made public the process for the Vyksa 10,000 project to create the largest mural in the world. Vyksa (Nizhniy Novgorod Region) held an open house at the "studio" of the artist working to create the mural on the outside of the Wide Plate Mill 5000 (WPM-5000) building at Vyksa Steel Works (AO VSW, an OMK Company).

Misha Most, the author and creator of the piece, was not the only person to work on the mural that day. The effort also involved over 50 Vyksa residents: news correspondents, town and Vyksa Steel Works executives, OMK personnel. The attendees included OMK Board Chair Anatoly Sedykh, OMK President Vladimir Markin, VSW Managing Director Alexander Barykov, OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation Supervisory Board Chair Irina Sedykh, Art-Ovrag Festival managers Yulia Bychkova and Anton Kochurkin, Vyksa 10,000 Project Manager Sabina Chagina. Under the artist's tutelage, they used painters' rollers to apply paint to previously outlined elements of the mural.

The completed artwork is expected to be presented at the seventh Art-Ovrag Festival to be held in Vyksa between June 16 and 18.

"One frequently hears that Russia is not building anything, that plants are closing, and that there is no advanced production. We know that this is not true. Vyksa is home to one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world, and we are proud of it. Monumental pictorial art is part and parcel of global contemporary art. Therefore, I do not believe that this country can stay on the sidelines. That is why the wall of a unique facility will act as a canvas for this unique work of art. Vyksa is developing industrial tourism at this time, and it is wonderful that this work will be seen both by our employees and the town's visitors," OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation Supervisory Board Chair Irina Sedykh.

"Vyksa Steel Works is developing fast using a lot of proprietary elements in its processes. At the same time, the facility maintains strict discipline, and its staff is doing a lot of creative work. Art is not at all alien to us and it motivates us to be creative in manufacturing as well. I approved this idea immediately since I found it to be very unusual and symbolic: creating the largest work of monumental art on the outside wall of the most advanced rolling mill in the world", noted OMK Board Chair Anatoly Sedykh.

Background

As part of gearing up for the Company’s 25-th and Vyksa Steel Works’ 260-th anniversary, the United Metallurgical Company announced its intention to hold an international contest for the biggest mural in the world. The Vyksa 10,000 contest attracted 260 artists from 34 nations, including Japan, Australia, South and Central America. The contest was won by famous Moscow street artist Misha Most. On April 29, he began painting the largest mural in the world and is planning to complete the painting by June 16 which is the opening date of the Art-Ovrag Festival.

To create the wall painting, the artist uses industrial power spray painters together with about three tons of special paint of domestic manufacture and over two tons of a special impregnating agent.
"The mural includes six realistic scenes. I think the employees will have no trouble identifying events from the Vyksa facility’s past. If you scan the painting left to right, you will be able to see the storyline developing: modest to bigger, research to creation, idea to result. In this way, I attempted to create a short “movie” with its own protagonists and dynamic”, said Misha Most commenting on his work.