Two marble heads staring into each other’s eyes connected by a pink rubber ring. This is how the sculpture by Michał Jackowski will look like, which will stand in the center of Białystok in June. The founder is Joanna Szymańska-Kok, who made her professional career in the Netherlands, and today wants to donate a work of art to her hometown.
– For the first time in the history of our city, since the times of Hetman Branicki, a private person is a patron of the arts for Białystok – said the mayor of the city, Tadeusz Truskolaski, during a press conference on Monday (April 17).
On June 23, during the Days of the City of Białystok at the intersection of Kościelna, Kilińskiego and the square John Paul II The sculpture “Promise” will be unveiled. Its author is a well-known artist from Bialystok, Michał Jackowski, and its founder is Joanna Szymańska-Kok, who – according to the president – donated about 500,000 for this purpose. zloty.
An idea stemming from altruistic motives
– Certainly, this installation, this sculpture, will become a permanent part of the landscape of our city, it will beautify it, it will probably be one of the characteristic points – said Truskolaski.
Joanna Szymańska-Kok was born in Białystok. She also went to high school here. Later she went to the Netherlandswhere she made her career.
– My idea appeared in 2021. And it stems from the altruistic thought that each of us adults who have been lucky enough to achieve some success in life should feel the need to share it, she said during the conference.
The promise will stand near the “wedding palace”
She also stated that it was very important for her that the work of art was prepared by an artist from Białystok, who was born here and works here.
Michał Jackowski said that the sculpture was entitled “Promise”, because it will stand near the parish church and the Guest Palace, where the registry office operates and “where people make promises to live together”.
– I would like it to be a place of meetings and reflection on our relations and their depth, on what a promise is – said the sculptor.
The founder donated the sculpture to the city
According to the artist’s description, “The Promise” has the form of an open ring, with two marble heads staring into each other’s eyes at the ends, which are connected by a pink ring resembling rubber, which will be made of bronze with a chrome-mirror pink surface.
The work is a unique form of Sticky Pink composition, which the artist has already presented at international exhibitions.
The agreement between the city, Joanna Szymańska-Kok and Michał Jackowski was signed in the first half of last year. It stipulated that the donor donated the work made by the sculptor to the city. On the city’s side, it is the execution of the pedestal for the sculpture, designed in cooperation with the artist, and the completion of all formalities related to setting up the work of art.
Main photo source: The city of Bialystok