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Project of Art Installations KUVYT

Bratislava Tourist Board in cooperation with the Old Town has prepared a unique project of art installations KUVYT. One will soon be able to see visual objects in various places in Bratislava, representing cut-outs to the urban landscape in dialogue with the surrounding architecture.

„The ambition of recreation and meditation zones of the KUVYT project is to mitigate the impact of the raw reality of the last couple of months, enrich the public space and support the genius loci of Bratislava,” says author Lubo Mikle.

6 CONTAINERS-GATES-OBJECT LENSES-MEDITATION ZONES

The story of KUVYT Project was born during Bratislava lockdown, when the entire world was, and still is, busy fighting COVID-19. This author’s proposal and the inner need arose to contribute to the public space and to provide people with another option how to stop thinking about daily and omnipresent fear. This complicated period disabled our skills to perceive the everyday and long-term society and social topics and issues. All of a sudden, the fear of COVID-19 was the only thing that remained. One of the hardest impacts of the pandemic were the borders, which stayed closed for the first time since 1989.

Formally, KUVYT is composed of six 8-feet uniform containers. These are visually light “steel boxes” that were processed by Lubo Mikle, a sculptor and the project author. This is how these unique industrial objects of various functions and meanings were created. Primarily, they symbolise the open gates or “object-lenses”, unique not only due to their place of installation. The geometry of apertures enables to watch different city skylines, their parts and conjunctions, or to look through the object in an opposite direction. Colourful interiors symbolise and present various themes. The first three objects create an abstract triangle, inside of which the city centre is located. At night time, lights around the geometrical apertures turn automatically on, thus enabling the viewers to discover new horizons in Bratislava genius loci.

In terms of concept, KUVYT works with current social topics, does not judge, polarise or radicalise, does not push to any opinions, but rather opens new possibilities and provides space for presentation, interpretation, discussion, alternative viewpoints, and other form of social processing.

The project is divided into three stages, aiming to gradually enrich the public space. Currently, we are in the Stage 1 and have put three objects into foreground.

  • Stage 1: 3 objects at 3 locations
  • Stage 2: 2 objects at 2 locations + 1 object in motion
  • Stage 3: final composition of 6 objects on the Rázus embankment until 15 October

Composition of all 6 objects on the Rázus embankment

OBJECT I

  • Colour: red
  • Place: “Tyršák” Tyršovo nábrežie
  • Aperture geometry: square
  • Aperture light colour: red
  • Interior colours: rainbow
  • Theme:  communities, LGBT, otherness

OBJECT II

  • Colour: red
  • Place: Slavín
  • Aperture geometry: circle
  • Aperture light colour: red
  • Interior colours: black/white
  • Theme:  piety, xenophobia, racism

OBJECT III

  • Colour: red
  • Place: Bratislava Castle – Zámocké schody
  • Aperture geometry: triangle
  • Aperture light colour: red
  • Interior colours: gold
  • Theme: spirituality, history, greed

Object IV

  • The world of water and ice
  • Colour: blue
  • Place: Devín Castle, Devín
  • Aperture geometry: circle
  • Aperture light colour: blue
  • Interior colours: blue-white
  • Theme: environment, hydrosphere, ignorance

Object V

  • The world of water and ice
  • Colour: blue
  • Place: Danubiana Gallery, Čunovo
  • Aperture geometry: square
  • Aperture light colour: blue
  • Interior colours: mashup art
  • Theme: culture, fine arts, polarization, complex

Object VI

  • The world of water and ice
  • Colour: blue
  • Place: wandering-kinetic
  • Aperture geometry: triangle
  • Aperture light colour: blue
  • Interior colours: purple
  • Theme: charity, conscience

Photo credit: Martina Mlčúchová 

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