1300 Metal Bars in Lodz: Cekas Creates Sculptural “Silence” on a Wall

The mercurial role of light and shadow continually vex the Street Artist as no two days are the same, sometimes no two hours. If you are a photographer or a fan, your experience of the work outside will be subject to weather, lighting, and wiseguys who want to buff or diss someones work. These elements are part of the game and you might as well get used to it.

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Lukasz Berger „Cisza” | “Silence” for Lodz Murals. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Maciej Stempij)

This fall in Lodz, Poland the urban art organizer Michal Biezynski chose the Wroclaw-based artists Cekas (Lukasz Berger) to more fully play with the elements with his sculptural installation of 1300 metal bars protruding at different lengths perpendicular to a wall.

“The installation is permanent and it’s playing with the light and the sunbeams,” Biezynski tells us, “The everyday cycle of the sun creates a dynamic character and the “drawings” made of the shadows are directly related to the time of the day and the season of the year. Apart from that, the installation also works at night with the light of the moon.”

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Lukasz Berger „Cisza” | “Silence” for Lodz Murals. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Maciej Stempij)

A graduate of the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Cekas favors experimentation – something not uncommon in graffiti, Street Art, and mural-making. As he watches the sun trace across the sky overhead and sees the configuration of the shadows produce new forms and patterning, he talks about the meaning of “Silence,” the name of the installation.

“The installation is an answer to the communication between the modern man and the reality around him,” he says, explaining that our individual an cumulative actions are “producing noise, which at times may seem inaudible, but it is still present.” So each one of those small metal bars (which cumulatively weigh more than 500 kg) is a contributor to a collective sound – in this case a sort of visual noise, if you will.

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Lukasz Berger „Cisza” | “Silence” for Lodz Murals. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Maciej Stempij)

Michal says “Silence” (spelled in the Polish “Cisza”) is a great departure from the mural program he has fostered over the last few years that has drawn nearly 50 artists to walls around the city, and it has piqued his interest in what else may be possible when programming art for the public sphere. “I would like to implement new things in Lodz’s urban tissue – modern sculptures and installations. What’s more, in the framework of my work in Lodz Event Centre, I want to renounce the festival form – I want to convert it more into an all year round public art program.” That’s the sound of someone thinking for new ways for art to engage the public; another curious evolution of the Lodz festival that grew from graffiti and Street Art, casting his goals in a different light.

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Lukasz Berger „Cisza” | “Silence” for Lodz Murals. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Maciej Stempij)

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Lukasz Berger „Cisza” | “Silence” for Lodz Murals. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Maciej Stempij)

 

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