Poland's Interior Ministry has sent a motion to the Prime Minister's Office requesting an order for state-owned companies to take over gas installations belonging to Novatek Green Energy, a Russian firm that has cut supplies in some parts of Poland.
Depicting 83 child-size figures, the monumental work entitled ‘Bambini’ consisting of a cluster of androgynous figures devoid of heads and identities, is now the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction in Poland.
Starting their campaign on November 14 to mark ‘Clean Air Day’, the Polish Smog Alert (PAS) rolled out the two-metre models of human lungs which ‘breathe’ using ventilators placed on their back and gradually change from being white to grey or even black colours.
A resurgence of neon lights has inspired city councillors to show that Katowice is creating beautiful things and showing how design, tradition and art have been drivers in the development of the post-industrial profile of the city.
Rajkowska told TFN that the interactive egg named The Song Thrush Hatchling vibrates “thanks to sound exciter transducers and emit a wide spectrum of sounds from a real-life hatching chick recorded with a contact microphone: the heartbeat, chirps and the pecking of the shell by the chick."
The installations comprise a large set of lungs – measuring around 2 sqm – which are covered with a white material which let air through thanks to a ventilator fixed to the rear of the unit.
Comprised of 240 transparent plastic tubes, each 104-metres long and approximately 3.5 centimetres in diameter, the work - titled ‘Stability In Volatility’ by artist Danuta Karsten - has reinvigorated interest in one of the capital’s most curious buildings and launched it back into the spotlight after years of neglect.
The location of the metal Unicorn statue by Japanese sculptor Tomohiro Inaba was originally planned to be temporary, but after becoming a major hit with tourists and photographers city officials have now decided to let residents decide on where it should be installed permanently.
Installed in the shadow of the Palace of Culture the Zero Emission Store consists of a network of 14 kilometres of hand-woven colour-changing thread that reacts to air pollution levels. So if the smog is bad, it glows red, but if the air is clean it turns green.
The powerful new installation is intended to recall the camp’s infamous striped uniforms while the mirrored surfaces reflect the surrounding nature, evoking a sense of freedom.