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David Morris: Katyusha

The  Artist and work of art

Katyusha by David Morris

David Morris is believed to have been a student of the Faculty of Arts and Design when he entered aa competition to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Canberra College of Advanced Education in 1979.  It was one of a number of entries and was initially 'untitled'. Once the work of art was installed however, it didn't take long for the sculpture to  become known  as 'Katyusha' since it resembled the  rocket launching system used by the Soviet armies in World War Two of the same name. Since  commissioning the work, Katyusha, David has gone onto study and develop a practice in architecture.

Katyusha, also known as 'Stalin's organ', was a multiple rocket launcher first built and fielded by the Soviet Union in World War II. Multiple rocket launchers such as these deliver explosives to a target area quicker than conventional artillery, but with lower accuracy and requiring a longer time to reload. Like other unguided  rocket systems of the time, the rockets psychological impact outweighed its accuracy  (as  many German soldiers testified).