Wroclaw

Chair

  ul. Rzeźnicza ,   Old Town         more than a year ago
Unveiled on August 11 2011, over 40 years after it was first proposed by Polish artist, painter and theatre director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990), the Chair is a massive, 9m high, 8 tonne concrete sculpture of a wooden garden chair. Kantor originally proposed both its creation and the location it should be placed at the Sympozjum Plastyczne Wrocław '70 (Wroclaw Art Symposium 1970) where he stated that the sculpture cannot be isolated and must be "in motion", "in the middle of life." Kantor himself, however, seemed to acknowledge the likelihood and merit in realising the project by referring to it as ‘The Impossible Sculpture’.

Impossibly, his foundation saw fit after his death to place a version of the sculpture close to his home in Hucisko in 1995, and then plied 200,000 PLN from the local government to make the project a reality as originally intended by the artist in Wrocław. The chair can be found in the busy square on ul. Rzeźnicza near Wrocław’s Teatr Współczesny, where we can all debate its artistic merit and wonder how serious Kantor ever was about this idea in the first place.

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