The Sztuka w Mieście Foundation initiated some murals around Europejski Square. The main subjects of the art were: the city of dreams – the city of Warsaw – Warsaw and Wola.
Artistic interpretation of Warsaw, its landmarks, streets, squares, parks, rivers, places and corners. The Europejski Square and the objects that make it were two particularly significant elements being depicted on the murals.
Rafał Olbiński and François Schuiten are the authors of the murals.
Rafał Olbiński has received more than 150 awards for his works, including gold and silver medals awarded by the Art Directors Club in New York as well as gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. In 1994 received the International Oscar for the World’s Most Memorable Poster, Prix Savignac in Paris. In 1995 his poster was chosen as the official New York City Capital of the World poster by a jury led by mayor Rudolph Giuliani. In 2002 the City of Fondi, Italy, granted him the “Premio Divina Giulia” award for his outstanding contribution to contemporary art. Many articles on Rafał Olbiński’s works were published in international magazines such as New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Der Spiegel etc. In 2006 the President of the Republic of Poland awarded him with the Gloria Artis gold medal and in 2012 with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland. In 2013, as part of the Teraz Polska competition, Rafał Olbiński received the Outstanding Pole award.
François Schuiten (ur. w Brukseli, Belgia, w 1956 r.)
François Schuiten (born Brussels, Belgium in 1956) is a story-teller, whose visionary imagination invites you to travel beyond unseen borders. His artistic work is unique and original, inspired by his love of architecture and fascination with imaginary cities, constantly blurring the lines between the past and the future, reality and dream. His dream-like works also offer a philosophical and political reflection on the human condition. His remarkable draughtsman’s talent led him to publish his first comic strips at the age of 16. He later developed, jointly with his brother Luc Schuiten and his inseparable partner Benoît Peeters, a whole series of albums of fantastical strip cartoons (“Shell”, “The Cities of the Fantastic”). His virtuosity won him numerous awards, including the “Best Album of the Year”- Angouleme Festival (1985) and the Grand Prix – Angouleme Festival (2002) for the entirety of his works and, with Benoît Peeters, the Manga Prize of Japan Media and Art, Aichi (2013). François Schuiten was commissioned to design public spaces (Metro station Arts & Métiers, Paris and Metro station Porte de Hal, Brussels), murals and exhibition pavilions all over the world (Planet of Darkness – Hanover, Germany (2000) and the Aichi World Exhibition, Japan (2005). He has also worked on opera and films and he is behind many other innovative multimedia projects including the Train Museum “Train World” in Brussels (2015). He is internationally recognized as a major comic strip author and scenographer.
Let me start from a few: monuments, green areas, growth, attachment...