Saying Goodbye To The Rainbow
Julita Wójcik’s Tęcza/Rainbow on Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw, photo. Adam Stępień / Agencja Gazeta
Culture.pl invites readers and visitors to a cycle of actions related to The Rainbow and its symbolic farewell to Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw.
The Rainbow (Tęcza) appeared on Plac Zbawiciela in June 2012. At the end of 2015, the agreement between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the City of Warsaw expires and The Rainbow will have to be moved. From the beginning, The Rainbow was planned as a temporary project. Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw is now its third location after Wigry, where it symbolically supported the Camaldolese Monastery wall, and Brussels, where it stood in front of the European Parliament in 2011.
Currently, there are at least two important cultural institutions interested in the project. Dismantling of the installation will begin in late summer and will be followed by a major renovation, including cleaning and treating the steel structure against corrosion. It is also necessary to replace the flowers, as exposure to the elements in the city centre causes them to lose their colour and become covered in urban dust. A similar renovation took place at the turn of 2013/2014 and is necessary before The Rainbow finds a new home.
While negotiations continue with interested partners, Culture.pl wants to invite the public to a cycle of actions related to The Rainbow and its symbolic farewell to Plac Zbawiciela. Some of them will take place on Culture.pl’s portal and Facebook page, where online readers are invited to share their opinions on the best location for The Rainbow. So far, users who have joined the discussion would like to see The Rainbow at Placu na Rozdrożu, in Wilanów, at the University of Warsaw Library, and even on Wawel Hill in Kraków. Throughout the month of August, Culture.pl also invites you to share your photos of The Rainbow. Together, we will create a virtual photo album of The Rainbow on Facebook, Pinterest, and Culture.pl.
Culture.pl has prepared actions not only online, but also in the “real world.” The first will occur in the second half of August, on the weekend of the 22-23, when a photo booth will be set up on Plac Zbawiciela, allowing passersby to pose for a souvenir photo with The Rainbow. Culture.pl and Plan B invite anyone in the area to stop by and capture a moment with The Rainbow while they still can.
There are also a number of artistic actions planned as part of the public farewell, including one prepared by the artist Julita Wójcik in cooperation with Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, supporting action at the junction of art, architecture, and social life. There will also be a mini art installation by Mirella von Chrupek on display on Plac Zbawiciela. At the beginning of next year, a documentary – The Rainbow – will premiere. Directed by Michał Bielawski (director of the documentaries 1989, The Fellowship, and Mundial. The Highest Stakes), the film will showcase the social and artistic dimensions of The Rainbow.
Sources: IAM, trans. aga