screen prints from the video in the documentation
Life and works
Zharov, probably born in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s, like his mother and grandmother has lived his whole life in Tarusa. After his primary education he went to a carpenter’s workshop where he was trained as a carpenter.
At some moment, maybe in the early years of 21st century. he also became interested in processing iron in a creative way, using a welding machine. His first creation became a skeleton of a fish, as in above picture.
In the terminology of this weblog Zharev can be considered an outsider artist, but he doesn’t see himself as an artist, saying that he would like to agree with a friend who characterized him as a seller of good mood.
At a certain moment the collection of both the stuff from the past and that of the iron sculptures had grown to such an extent that – initially jokingly – the idea arose that it deserved a museum.
But Zharov thought: why not. And the museum was established indeed, based in the courtyard and an upper floor of Zharov’s property. As said, it opened in 2012.
For Zharov this museum is, in his own words, “a way to introduce guests to the world of small fairy tale fantasies that can come from everyday things”.
All-Russian Festival of Metal Sculptures
In the summer of 2016, for the fist time the All-Russian Festival of Metal Sculptures was organized, a project presented on a forum of young people that had won a prize. The festival was held near Zharov’s museum and for the occasion the name of the street on which the museum is located was changed to Iron Mile.
* Website of the Museum
* Article (undated) on website klub-kbp.ru, with a series of pictures
* Interview with Sergey Zharov (may 2015) in Kaluga Monthly
* Website Tripadvisor with a large number of pictures
* Video by Anatoly (5’37”, You Tube, uploaded march 2016)