Children and Fish Should Be Heard / Dzieci i Ryby Głos Mają
The title is a paraphrase of an old Polish proverb (translation: Children and Fish do not have Voice), which limits children's rights and reduces their sense of value by forbidding them to speak. Completion and official unveiling of the mural aligned with the day of the
General Climate Strike mainly initiated by children.
Mural strongly relates to the current condition of our planet, as well as its uncertain future. Artistic idea of the mural was based on the statements of the inhabitants of Teofilów neighbourhood in Poland and my own thoughts on the Climate Change of our planet, the need for care for our environment and a positive view of the future and possibilities of our own choices. Symbols and icons of Recycling, Renewable Energy Sources, Reduction of CO2 Emissions into the Atmosphere or Conscious Consumption of plant based food are widely known and incline reflection for everyone. Green icons were painted with a paint that illuminates during the day and shines at night as a symbol of the use of solar energy.
Łódź textiles, patterns and elements refer to the tradition of the city's textiles.
At the bottom of the mural a map of the world can be seen, a simulation of earth temperature carried out by NASA for year 2100.
The opening was attended by, among others, children from a nearby kindergarten who left their hands’ prints on the switch which is an integral part of the work.
The mural was painted thanks to the Urban Forms Foundation, which for the past 10 years introduce urban art in Łódź City. Mural shows how such a strong medium can influence the viewers. This is not only a random image on the street, but a piece of art full of emotions and reflections.
The wall was painted without using a spray paint.
Massive thanks to my assistant Roman (After Hours Project) and to all Urban Forms crew.