ZIEMIA, Picnic on Earth, is a new public art installation by New York-based Polish artist Martynka Wawrzyniak. Rooted in a reflection of the historic impact of Polish culture on the history of the Greenpoint neighborhood, an area with an eclectic history, the sculpture opens to the public in the meadow of McGolrick park with a public celebration on Saturday, June 9 from 2-5 pm and all are invited to attend and celebrate!
Greenpoint is a Polish cultural touchpoint not just in New York City but in America, and is also the artist’s home. Warzyniak traveled the world to meticulously collected soil samples to craft the exquisite ceramic sculpture installed in McGolrick park from June 2018-2019. Ziemia is presented thanks to the support and collaboration of the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and serves as a fitting tribute to Poland’s 100th anniversary of its re-emergence as an independent country. Visitors to the Saturday, June 9th opening event from 2-5 pm are invited to a family-friendly environment to enjoy the artwork and engage with live music, educational workshops and Polish snacks. There will even be a chance to win a trip to Poland by participating in the Sto Lat Polska project!
Greenpoint-based artist Martynka Wawrzyniak situates the sculpture in a meadow in McGolrick Park through a partnership with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation. The sculpture serves as a collective portrait of the diverse Greenpoint community, glazed with a mixture of clay excavated in Greenpoint in addition to the soils collected worldwide. Polish Cultural Institute New York Director Anna Domańska notes, “Multiculturalism is part of the organic fabric of New York…[and] The Ziemia project expresses this in a beautiful and symbolic way – our roots have grown on different ground, but by interweaving in a new place they have created a new culture, with a commitment to liberty at its base.” These roots are apparent in the meadow where the orb sits, where plants existing in this neighborhood since pre-colonial times flourish – many of which are also native to the Polish countryside.
The sculpture will be on view at McGolrick park through June 2019, and is free and accessible to the public during park hours.