Vladimir Tatlin exhibited his contre-reliefs in Moscow and Petrograd (St. Petersburg) in 1915. These three dimensional constructions inhabited corners, unlike his centre-reliefs which were mounted against a flat wall. One year later, Velimir Khlebnikov wrote Tatlin:
Tatlin, initiate of whirling blades | And austere singer of the screw-propeller, | One of the order of sun-catchers, | With a mighty hand has bent | The iron horse-shoe | To knot the spidery veil of rigging. | Dumb and blind, the pincers | Look into the heart of secrets | Which he has demonstrated. | Just as unsung and possessed of deep knowledge | Are the tin objects which he has work with a brush.