Published: 8 September 2023

Unveiling of Urban Sculpture "GENERATIONS"

Events and exhibitions

The Winobranie Wine Festival in Zielona Góra has been gathering wine enthusiasts as well as those interested in art or music for years. This year, the event expanded its celebrations and included the works of Oskar Zięta, Ph.D. – an architect, designer, artist, and member of the Institute of Design at SWPS University, Faculty of Design in Warsaw, and School of Form. The urban sculpture "GENERATIONS" was unveiled in the Park Tysiąclecia (Millennium Park) on September 8. It is not only an artistic tribute to the city and its history but also an expression of technological progress in the creative process.

Miniature prototypes of the GENERATIONS sculpture against the background of the gallery wall
Miniatures of the GENERATIONS sculpture | Photo: Weronika Trojanowska

"GENERATIONS" Exhibition at The Lubuskie Region Museum and BWA

Last year, as part of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Zielona Góra and the 700th anniversary of the granting of municipal rights, the "GENERATIONS" exhibition was held at the Lubuskie Region Museum and the Art Exhibition Bureau (BWA). Visitors could see a series of sculptures and furniture by Oskar Zięta and Zieta Studio in two different contexts: art and design. A significant part of the event was dedicated to the Sculpture Project for Zielona Góra, which was unveiled in the Park Tysiąclecia (Millennium Park) in September 2023.

This year's opening event was complemented by an exhibition at the Lubuskie Region Museum, which has added a series of metal panels (TAFLE) on a scale of 1:2 to its permanent collection. The TAFLE project is a three-dimensional interpretation of the relief by Polish avant-garde artist Marian Szpakowski, which decorates the facade of the BWA building. The designer read the relief, understood its structure, and translated it into a spatial object consisting of eight metal panels. They are all located on the museum's main staircase and are an integral part of the "GENERATIONS" sculpture.

Technology Manifesto

Oskar Zięta's sculpture is not only a work of art, but also a technological manifesto. Instead of using traditional tools, Oskar Zięta uses parametric design and his signature FiDU technology, which allows the metal to be inflated by internal pressure. Thanks to this technology, Zięta's unusual steel forms and structures are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also stable and long-lasting.

Sculpture unveiling

A Reflection of the Past and the Future

The roots of the project make it even more special. Oskar Zięta was born in Zielona Góra, where, as a child, he observed metalworking processes in his grandfather's blacksmith workshop. This is where he has developed his passion for steel, which is now being recognized by people all over the world. "GENERATIONS" by Oskar Zięta deals with the theme of passing and enduring generations. It emphasizes the importance of looking to the past in order to shape the future.

From September 8 to October 15 the exhibition is being held in the Lubuskie Region Museum. "GENERATIONS" is the result of a collaboration between Oskar Zięta, the City of Zielona Góra, the Lubuskie Region Museum, and the Art Exhibition Bureau (BWA). It was realized and co-financed as part of the jubilee celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Zielona Góra and the 700th anniversary of municipal rights in 2022.

Photo collage showing the installation of the sculpture in the park
Installation of the sculpture | Photo: Diana Taukin

Oskar Zięta

Designer, architect

One of the most famous and the most recognized Polish designers in the world. Winner of numerous awards, among others Audi-Mentorpreis by A & W (2011), the Red Dot Award (2008), DMY for the manufacturing process innovation (2008), YDMI (2008), ‘Good Design’ (2009). the German Design Council Award (2009), Schweizer Design Preis (2008) and Materialica (2009). His works are exhibited in Badisches Landmuseum collection in Karlsruhe, the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, the Pinakothek in Munich and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is the owner of Zieta Prozessdesign planning and design company.