Mirek Struzik

Mirek Struzik graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 1989 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, in the department of graphics, painting and sculpture, with sculpture being his specialty. Before gaining this degree, Struzik worked for eight years in various design studios where he obtained several patents for his inventions. He also studied industrial design which enhanced his evident artistic flair with his experimentation of different materials. This experience gave him the ability to start producing some of his unique ‘signature’ structures. His favourite subjects are flowers and plants, and he uses his skill to transform these biological micro-structures into his macro sculptures that have a scale, permanence and dynamism all of their own. Struzik has the ability to transform base metal into something special, and it is the materiality of his hybrid structures that is key to their durability and success. They are made from acid resistant stainless steel, and, while retaining their unique charm in sunlight, they are brought to life by dynamic RGB LED illumination systems at night. This lighting allows them to undergo a spectacular metamorphosis which reveals their true colours when the sun sets, thus offering all those who encounter them the ability to see nature through a totally different perspective. The artist is also very interested in philosophical contemplation and on the condition of humankind and its connection with the absolute and nature, and these topics are especially visible in his series of sculptures DNA, Angel, Nike, Walk, and Return.

Struzik’s wonderfully inventive sculptural forms are always carefully incorporated into their urban surroundings and perfectly correspond to the space in which they are located. They are designed to be freely interpreted by the viewer, as each person’s imagination has the ability to appreciate and understand them in a different way. Everything he produces has a transformative effect wherever it is situated, and his work can be seen in many high-profile locations from Poland, Dubai and France to the USA. His fantastical Dandelions and Bubble Forest are complex, artistic and awe-inspiring in equal measure, and as with all the best installations, they are a thrilling addition to any landscape. Mirek Struzik is an important artist for our times, not only for the production of some wonderfully transformative structures, which enhance our relationship with space in an urban environment for recreation and contemplation, but also as memorial with his project to commemorate Opoczno region inhabitants murdered in prison, concentration camps and killed in action during World War II, and in the struggle for an Independent Poland. The artist has received several awards for his work, most notably the 2005 Sugarman Foundation Award in the USA. In 2020 he was selected as one of 25 Creative Revolutionaries by CODAworx and given the Platinum A' Design Award in Arts by A' Design Award & Competition – both for the Bubble Forest. One of the best examples of Mirek Struzik’s highly impressive work can be seen outside the world’s tallest building at the Burj Khalifa.

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