Polish artist LUMP just unveiled six public art installations in Lodz, Poland which are based on advertising columns along Piotrkowska Street the longest street in Europe. The columns were transformed into giant, symbolical items – icons related to Polish People’s Republic (1952-1989).
LUMP is an artist from Szczecin, graduate of Poznan’s Academy of Fine Arts, painter, muralist, designer and constructor of art installations, photographer. The installations are temporary and the exposition in the public space is planned for two-three months.
The installations are:
1. An electronic coffee machine that was very popular in Poland in the 80’s.
2. A vacuum flask that was very popular in Poland in the 80’s.
3. A pepper shaker that was popular in Poland in the 80’s.
4. A jug that was very popular in Poland in the 80’s.
5. Famous washing machine called “Frania” – electronic rotary washer that was very popular in Poland in the ’80.
6. A soda siphon (also known as the seltzer bottle) – a metal device for dispensing carbonated or soda water in home conditions. Apart from the device and drinking water, special cartridges filled with compressed carbon dioxide were necessary. Siphons had different shapes and colors and cartridges were bought in cartons. Soda siphons were very practical devices in every home. In the 70’s and 80’s they were extremely popular, today are almost completely forgotten.
The installations of LUMP are the first part of international, public art project UNIQA Art Lodz directed by Michał Bieżyński.
UNIQA Art Lodz is an international arts project in the public space of Łódź. State-of-the-art objects will become temporary or permanent parts of the cityscape. The project will move away from standard murals to construct an urban art gallery which will not consist of paintings only. 6 works by street artists from Poland, Spain and the US, among other countries, will come into being by the end of 2016.