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Pławno near Poznań
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Sculpture Slam in the Forest
November 18, 2009 By Dariusz Pietrzak   
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The 3rd Puszcza Zielonka International Outdoor Sculpture Festival took place in early September at a farm in Pławno. This tiny village is situated in the Puszcza Zielonka Landscape Park, near Poznań. The main theme this year was "Two Sides."

"I just brought the hammer and chisel I work with when I came here the first time," said Stefan Wyszkowski, a participating sculptor from Supra¶l, not far from Białystok, in the far northeast of the country. "When I got to the place, I saw that my fellow sculptors had brought power saws, electric grinders and other devices necessary for creating spatial forms out of stone and wood. That's why I purchased the necessary tools for the next outdoor," he added.

Wood is the material most readily available to artists working in and around Pławno and it was put to good use to create all sorts of unusual and surprising work. The ways in which the main theme was interpreted were as many and varied as those who took part and the countries they represented. Marek Szewczyk (Poland) created geometric forms and figures, Denis Pottier (France) connected fragments of reality, Nino Maaskola (Germany) gave the human form attributes indicating directions, Natalia Leykina (Ukraine) demonstrated "the two sides of movement" using connecting signs and shapes, and Susheila Jamieson (Britain) sculpted forms full of corrugations and rhythms.

Not everyone, however, worked with wood. Hans Reijnders (Netherlands), whose "Message to Heaven" was bursting with symbolism and meaning, sculpted from stone.

This international get-together was initiated by Grażyna Szymała-Wołyńska. Szymała-Wołyńska is a sculptor who lives and works near Puszcza Zielonka forest. Her wooden sculptures, which use forms, signs and shapes to tell of femininity and existence in a symbolic way, can be seen on display.

The sculptures created during this year's event have already been exhibited where they were made and in Górków Castle in Szamotuły near Poznań. They are on display at the Poznań International Fair until the end of November, so you still have a chance to see them.
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