A Permanent Rainbow Over Warsaw

"Rainbow" on Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw – visualisation, 2012, photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

A Permanent Rainbow Over Warsaw

Warszawa,  08.06.2012 – 09.09.2012

An interactive public installation, a multi-hued array of 16, 000 fake flowers on a 9 meter tall and 26 meter wide metal railing – the Rainbow on Plac Zbawiciela is "here for your freedom and ours"

Conceptualized by Julita Wójcik and created with the help of volunteers from various professions – labourers, florists, doctors, artists the Rainbow aims to bring out tolerance, highlight the bright side and pay tribute to openness and optimism. The urban project was prepared for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and will adorn Plac Zbawiciela for 3 months. Having stood in front of the European Parliament in Brussels during the Polish Presidency of the EU in late 2011, the Rainbow had to be refreshed with some 3,000 flowers which had been plucked from it in Brussels. In Febuary during workshops organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute at the Zacheta Gallery, together with Julita Wójcik, some 1000 people meticulously folded new flowers for the Rainbow.

For Julita Wójcik, in Warsaw the project brings a particularly optimistic message in the context of the violent clashes between police and demonstrators that took place on the 11th of November 2011. During celebrations marking the day in 1918 when Poland regained its independence, the police were attempting to keep nationalist and leftist demonstrators apart when thugs and hooligans joined the marches to target police. The rainbow is a universal symbol of love, peace and hope. "The Rainbow is here for your freedom and ours", the artist explains "it shows tolerance and opens people to one another".

Julita Wójcik born in 1971 in Gdańsk – performer, author of art interventions and diving enthousiast. She lives and works in Gdańsk. In the years 1991-1997 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Faculty of Sculpture. By incorporating everyday activities in her projects she questions the boundaries between the spheres of life and art.

Sources: culture.pl, BBC News

Editor: Marta Jazowska

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