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Warsaw. Sculpture exhibition “Magic of the meeting” at Trzech Krzyży Square

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Several sculptures by Warsaw artist Łukasz Krupski can be seen at St. Alexander's Church on Trzech Krzyży Square. They were placed there as part of the outdoor exhibition “Magic of the Meeting” and will remain there until October 10.

The capital city hall explained that the exhibition at Trzech Krzyży Square is “a story about the intertwining of spirituality and corporeality in human life, which is often a tragedy and a challenge for many people.”

– Additionally, in the portrait sculptures we will find a dialogue with great artists and creators of culture – Zbigniew Herbert, Czesław Miłosz, Leszek Kołakowski, and in other sculptural forms we will find references to the greatest European creators, including: Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, Anish Kapoor and Magdalena Abakanowicz – explains Kama Zboralska, curator of the exhibition, quoted in the city hall's press release.

Three Crosses Square like the Greek Agora

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The author of the sculptures, Łukasz Krupski, was born in 1990 in Warsaw. He is a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, a laureate of awards and artistic scholarships. His sculptures can be seen in various places in Warsaw – the Mother Monument in the Park Powstańców in Wola, the bust of Cyprian Norwid at the University of Warsaw, the busts of Primate Stefan Wyszyński in front of the Palace of the Archbishops of Warsaw or the Way of the Cross in the Archcathedral Basilica of John the Baptist.

As Krupski explains in the exhibition description, the exhibition results from understanding the essence of sculpture and the artist's creative process. “I want to treat this historical place as a kind of agora, a space understood by the ancient Greeks as an area expressing the living social fabric, a space that is an emanation of the exchange of thoughts and experiences. In order to fully exist, a sculpture needs a recipient, it must be experienced, filtered through the viewer's sensitivity,” he points out.

The artist emphasizes that the meeting is not a circumstance, but the foundation of our existence. “Meeting through sculpture extends our possibilities to almost magical areas that go beyond the biological significance of our species. A work of art immortalizes those who have passed away, records our moment of existence for the future, for those who will only be able to confront our works some time later,” Krupski emphasizes.

Modernization of the square

The City Hall emphasizes that the presentation of exhibits at Trzech Krzyży Square is an excellent example of using urban space to promote culture and art. “The arrangement of sculptures in the surroundings of a historic church and greenery means that both residents and guests of the capital can enjoy the beauty of artistic works,” officials point out.

In the autumn of last year, a thorough modernisation of Trzech Krzyży Square, which had lasted over a year, was completed. The road surface and pavements were replaced. Facilities for public transport passengers were introduced. Instead of several stops scattered on the eastern side of the square, one was created, separated from the road by a refuge. Transfers at this important transport hub have become more convenient.

The most visible change is the bike lanes marked on both sides of the square. Before the reconstruction, there was a so-called bike teleport here. The path ended at Aleje Ujazdowskie. Now you can get to Nowy Świat by bike.

The square has greenery, which was definitely missing here. 24 trees have been planted. The mature lime trees and hawthorns are complemented by shrubs and perennials. The total green area is 2,700 square meters.

The eastern part of the square has been made more attractive by a historical element, which was covered with a thick layer of asphalt before renovation. It is a fragment of tram rails exposed to commemorate the fact that until the 1960s, trams regularly ran along the Trzech Krzyży Square. The modernization of the square cost almost 17 million złoty.

Main image source: Warsaw City Hall



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