Perhaps it is a matter of generational change, but fortysomethings suddenly felt orphaned when Kora and Robert Brylewski died in a short period of time. A mother and a father. It is not even about music anymore which in case of Kora did not have much of an impact recently however, it is more about the attitude towards life, intelligence, social engagement.
“Wysokie Obcasy” magazine has recently introduced an initiative to commemorate women – heroines of our times. On this occasion, the magazine decided to create a mural depicting Kora as well. Kraków allegedly rejected the offer on the political grounds. And thanks to this decision we can enjoy the extraordinary mural here in Warsaw.
Location? Quite random. Between the Warsaw Historical Monuments Conservation Department and pavilions in Nowy Świat Street 18/20. Frankly speaking, Kora might not have even passed here by. “Although some time ago, before falling asleep, I had this vision that her car broke down, she missed a bus and had to cover this distance using google maps”, laughs Bruno Althamer, an author of the mural.
He was the one who noticed the potential in this inconspicuous wall. “I was preparing documentation and on the photo, I saw almost solely branches of this chestnut”, he says. And this is how the idea of incorporating the tree in the whole process was born. Thanks to this factor the mural will change with passing seasons. During a snowy winter, Kora will have blond hair, in spring she will get flowers in her hair.
Bruno is also the author of a realistic mural depicting Robert Brylewski painted on the wall at Pogłos. However, he would not like to be associated only with murals. He is a sculpture by education, just like his father Paweł Althamer. To be precise, he is still studying and he regards sculpture very broadly. He creates illustrations, comic books and …places like this one. In 2018 he became the winner of the Hestia Artistic Journey competition.
There has not been any official inauguration yet but the mural is already visited by numerous fans. You can see that many people come here deliberately to take a photo, think a bit about their idol. Elderly women, workers from the nearby building site, students they all stop by. There are comments, emotions. One can say that the mural is a spectacular success. We wish Bruno Althamer so that it could give him freedom of his artistic choices. Kora would be happy to see his work.
Text: Agnieszka Kowalska
Photos: Filip Klimaszewski