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Urban CrystalsBy Oskar Zięta

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Artist Statement

Urban Crystals are mysterious obelisks, frames for the urban landscape mapping out new points of perspective. It is a group of three sculptures in the form of rectangular frames inspired by the irregular structure of crystals. Executed in gleaming steel, they are like mirrors reflecting the environment while at the same demarcating a strong accent in the environment.

Urban Crystals were created as a variation on the theme of Crystals, forms developed in 2018—multidimensional “crystals” with strong, dynamic edges and decisive contrasts of burgeoning planes and mesh cut-outs. In 2018 Crystals became an element of an artistic installation presented at Museum Jerke in Recklinghausen, Germany. In their shape, they alluded to the outline of the museum building, and their polished surfaces reflected light, creating multicoloured afterimages, in homage to Wojciech Fangor, the outstanding painter and creator of stained glass in the museum’s collection. The Crystals were also shown in 2019 at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. They then evolved into a freestanding sculptural group which in 2020 was to serve as part of the Design Pavilion in the NYC×DESIGN festival in Times Square.

“The Urban Crystals are objects I call ‘urban kaleidoscopes.’ They operate on the effect of reflection. The left side is reflected in the right, and the top reflects off the bottom. They form frames underlining certain important axes, buildings and architecture.” —Oskar Zięta

The Urban Crystals are jewel-box sculptures, like a tale within a tale. On their own, they tell a story of sculptural minimalism, a focus on material, a passion for craftsmanship, but also provide a frame for other stories—of the urban landscape and nature, and humanity captured within the frame of abstraction.

Size of the installation's elements:

H: 200cm
W: 75cm
D: 50cm

H: 250cm
W: 80cm
D: 50cm

H: 300cm
W: 90cm
D: 50cm


Artist Profile

Born: 1975
Hometown: Zielona Góra
Based in: Wroclaw

Oskar Zięta is an artist fascinated with the formal properties of metals, which he transforms into sculptures that play with the senses, often intimidate with their scale and cross the border between what is possible and what is only imagined. In his works, he uses his original method of metal …


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