Sculpture Line
Dolní Břežany 2024

Dolní Břežany is currently a modern, attractive place to live and has undergone a great transformation in recent years. The municipality has long been engaged in cultivating the public space and emphasizes architectural and urban aspects when implementing new projects. Last year an extensive reconstruction of the chateau area was completed. The chateau building has been completely renovated and now serves as a chateau hotel to the public. The chapel and part of the chateau park also underwent a comprehensive renovation. Representative and generous public spaces have been built in Dolní Břežany, which are gradually cultivated by art. There is a very interesting collection of contemporary sculptural art.



Ondřej Oliva (*1982)

Dolní Břežany Pražská 636, Dolní Břežany
In recent years, the theme of the tree, which I perceive as a symbol, a link between heaven and earth, has often appeared in my work. Like all faiths, its roots are hidden deep and firm in the earth, but its crown touches the heavens. It is a fundamental archetype in many of the world's mythologies, religious and philosophical traditions. It combines all four elements and the cycle of life. I use multiple morphologies and approaches when working with this symbol. In the object TREE IN THE BOX, for which it was a majorinspiration from a visit to Schonbrunn in Vienna, it is a disturbance and radical intervention into a perfect beautiful natural form, where humans forcibly modify wild nature in their own image and suppress its essential nature. The objects URBANTREE I and II were created in 2017 as a loose continuation of the great realization Tree of Knowledge. These are idealized, transformed treetops, nature that man, consciously or unconsciously, beautifies to his own imagination and needs, often at the cost of denying its own original meaning. A moment when human urbanism has almost triumphed over organic matter. My goal was to create an object in an ideal scale to the human figure. Although the spatially very bulky object URBANTREE I. occupies a large space, at first glance it looks rather subtly like a drawing in space, captured in the moment. As the lighting conditions change, so does the shadow under the sculpture, creating ever new sketches and patterns in the surroundings. It is essential how the sculpture as a whole works, but it must also work from the immediate vicinity; the essence of art and mastered craft is in the detail. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to cast a sculpture of this size, how to make it, how to realize the wax model, how to make the sprue system, in what segments and at what temperature to distort the crystalline lattice in the aluminum castings so that they could be bent, welded together, shaped, sanded and finally made into a tree crown.  
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