Mariusz Waras – Equestrian statue

An equestrian statue is one of the most characteristic artistic renditions known in history, defining public space. Most often, it presents an important person, a ruler or a military officer, in appreciation of his merits. The horse itself plays a secondary role, being rather an aesthetic bonus acting as an extra pedestal of a kind. This elevation additionally emphasizes the importance of the portrayed person.


Due to their functions, all monuments comprise fixed objects made of durable materials. An inflated equestrian statue has no such properties. It is not permanently linked to a given place, it does not refer to any specific event or a person. It is a mobile monument that can be easily moved to another place, depending on current needs. It is easy to erect but even easier to knock down. It has a synthetic, universal form of an over-calibrated toy, which is highlighted by its vivid, aggressive orange colour. On the one hand, it attracts attention, on the other, it evokes associations with a devastated statute daubed with paint.


History has shown that monuments do not always remain fixed landscape components. When a wind of change starts to blow, they are destroyed and knocked down. Here the process is automatic. The statue breathes in and out rhythmically; it is filled in with air, just to be released a few minutes later. Depending on the time when we appear, we witness either its erection or destruction.