AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT
OF NATURAL TERRITORIES
AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT
OF NATURAL TERRITORIES
BRYANSK FOREST
THE PROJECT WAS MADE BY:

Project director,
Creative director:
Victor Yemelyanov

Project Manager,
Design director:
Yulia Salamekh

Chief designer:
Valentina Volkova

Designer:
Irina Dyrdina

Editor:
Andrey Okorokov

Production Manager:
Alexey Cherkasov

Installation:
Alexey Lisitsyn

Photos of the trail taken by: 
Stanislav Volkov

The Reserve
«Bryansk forest»

We would like to express our
special gratitude to
Katya Pilyutina
for preparing the content.

Partisan Trail

Task:

The trail was laid along the memorial complex in the protected area of “Bryansk Forest” reserve, where several partisan dugouts were preserved and repaired. It tells about the people’s resistance and partisans’ acts of bravery in the protected forest during the Great Patriotic War in Russia.

Solution:

We have combined the nature, the voices of Russian defenders and digital technologies. We decided not to use“classic” notice boards, and most of the material was presented in a mobile application with an audio guide. There are minimalistic stands on the trail on which extracts from the memories of participants of partisan movement and navigation are placed. At each of the 13 stops, an art object made of artificially rusted metal and a plywood stand with stories about partisan life and great military deeds were installed.

The visitors are left one on one with history. Memories of partisans speak for themselves and do not need any comments.

Materials and construction solutions

We have been looking for the material for art objects that would reflect the idea of the trail. Wood? It is about nature, but not about partisans. Plastic and high-tech shiny metal – not even close. Artificial rust? .. Yes! The result was a bold and successful experiment. Art objects were made in our own workshop, then delivered to the Bryansk region.

Winter expedition

The trail is open all year round and guests visit it even in winter. We went down the trail with a group of tourists in order to see the reaction of people and to understand how easy it is to navigate along the trail in winter conditions after a massive snowfall.