METAL SCULPTURE CAMP OPEN AIR MUSEUM

      The idea of placing a metallic sculpture in Galati came from the Plastic Artists’ Union and the local authorities to improve the artistic heritage of the city with landmark sculptures made of definitive material. It was high time for this to happen here too, as farther regions of the country were already enriched with local vernacular sculptures: rock was chosen at Magura Buzaului, in Sibiu and Medgidia ceramics, at Arcus and Salistea Sibiului wood, and in Galati, considering the dockyards and steel mills, two gigantic metallurgical giants, iron was chosen.

      It would have been too expensive to use iron in a different city, with Galati having this advantage of the times. Between 1976 and 2017, seven editions of the metal sculpture camps were organised. The first edition, organised in 1976, was launched in August when ten young nationally recognised sculptors came to Galati and in about a month, assisted by qualified workers and technical skills outstanding for their time, managed to ennoble the metal, creating shapes of unbelievable plastic valence out of welded and carved elements.

      The compositions are abstract decorative of outstanding proportions, some measuring over fifteen meters, fixed on concrete base plates, painted in colours such as grey, red, yellow or white, for protection against rusting. The result is an open-air museum with a unique panorama of the fluvial Danube landscape, a visual landmark for the old port. The gallery of the first edition took place on the 12th of September 1976, with artists, local authorities and the local population taking part. The first works were oriented towards the east, towards the Navigation Palace, as ten artists worked with iron for metallic creations to aesthetically improve the banks of the Danube, both on and off shore. The first three editions took place on the Danube waterfront, only recently arranged, which offers an outstanding open space towards the city and the river Danube.

      In 1976 the following works were exhibited: „Ecran” (Screen) – sculptor Istvan Gergely, „Narcis” – sculptor Gheorghe Turcu (no longer in place), „Ziua si Noaptea” (Day and Night) – sculptor Vasilica Marinescu – Kasnovschi, „Capriciile Ielelor” (Whims of the Wicked Fairies) – sculptor Elod Koksis, „Solid – Fluid” (Solid – Fluid) – sculptor Alexandru Marchis, „Pasarea apelor” (The Bird of the Waters) sculptor Silviu Cataragiu, „Tentativa” (Attempt) – sculptor Constantin Popovici, „Evolutie” (Evolution) – sculptor Bella Crisan, „Septenarius” – Igno Glass, „Fisiune” (Fission) – Nicolae Saptefrati.

      In 1977, there have been placed: “Vântul și Valul” – The Wind and The Wave (Ernest Kasnovschi), “Icar” – Icarus (Aurel Olteanu Stanca), “Chemarea Zborului” – The Calling of the Wind (Silviu Catargiu), “Confluențe” – Confluences (sculptor Manuela Siclodi), “Receptor/Ecran” – Receptor/Screen (Dan Covataru), “Poarta orașului” – Town’s gate (Gheorghe Terescenco), “Spațiu de joacă vegetal” – Vegetal playground (Tiberiu Bențe), “Tatăl și Fiul” – Dad & Son (Gheorghe Apostu), “Fructul Soarelui” – Fruit of the Sun (Gheorghe Apostu), “Amfiteatru” – Amphitheatre (Mihai Istudor).

      In 1991, only a few new sculptures are placed: “Suflet pe ape”/“Om” – Soul on Water or Human (Aurel Vlad), “Facerea” – The Making (by Manulela Siclodi – which is no longer there), “Zidire” – Building (Liviu Russu) and “Piramida Soarelui” – Pyramid of the Sun (Ingo Glass). The others are placed in the city, across Brăilei Boulevard, or in parks: “Veșmânt” – Robe (Sergiu Dumitrescu), “Lecție de odihnă” – Resting Lesson (Gheorghe Marcu), In memoriam (Silviu Catargiu), “Cetatea” – The Citadel (Marian Zidaru).

      In 1995, the sculptures are placed across Cloșca Boulevard, towards Țiglina Valley, in Cloșca Park: Condur (Anton Constantin Sevtov), “Trecerea în lumină” – Going towards Light (Sergiu Dumitrescu), “Pasul Acrobatului” – Wirewalker’s Step (Darie Dup), “Incinta” – In the premises (Mircea Spătaru), “Libertate” – Freedom (Gheorghe Terescenco).

      In 2012, new sculptures have been placed in the premises of “Dunărea de Jos” University: “Dinamica sufletului” – The Dynamic of the Soul (Relu Angheluță), “Instrument pentru ascultarea timpului” – Instrument for listening the time (Mihaela Brumar), “Neuronul Împăratului” – King’s Neuron (Eduard Costandache), “Rădăcini spre înalt” – Roots going up (Sorina Fădor – Vădeanu).

     In 2016 the latest edition of the sculpturing camp has been organised, with participants coming from Romania and the Republic of Moldova: Valentin Vârtosu, Denis Brânzei, Sorin Purcaru, Nicolae Popa, Laurențiu Moroșanu, Liviu Mocan, Gheorghe Terescenco, Cătălin Bădărău.

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