Bródno Sculpture Park. Chapter 8
Burghers of Bródno
Paweł Althamer, „Raj”, 2009, photo by Jan Smaga (fragment)
As part of the 8th edition of the Sculpture Park, Bródno residents will create a self-portrait to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the area becoming a part of Warsaw.
Bródno is one of the most ethnically and socially diverse neighborhoods of Warsaw. The figures, which will be joined to create a bronze cast portrait of “The Burghers of Bródno” (the title being a reference to Auguste Rodin's famous sculpture), will be created during a series of sculpture workshops taking part in the refugee center, the University of the Third Age, the Umbra workshop, a local gym and fitness club, the Teahouse, the Targówek District Council and a church.
This edition will focus on the body - the physicality of Bródno residents. That is why these activities will result in a figurative sculpture on the one hand, and performance activities on the other - sport, dance and cooking. The project will include a football tournament of the Etnoliga mixed teams and a culinary picnic organized in cooperation with local restaurants and bars. Workshops and performances by contemporary artists and choreographers, which will engage local dance groups and sports clubs, will show the living corporeality of today's “burghers”, and the final sculpture will become its memorial.