At Corwin, we believe that our buildings should bring more to people. In addition to a healthy and green living environment, we always try to create some space for art. Therefore, we involved eight Slovak artists in the Dúbravy project, who enlivened the buildings with their unique mosaics. Now it is immediately apparent that each of these buildings has gained its own special identity. What they have in common is childhood, playfulness and imagination.
When thinking about the motif, I focused on people and their daily worries. Mosaic Úlet, depicting a child with balloons, should elevate people and detach them from those worries and responsibilities.
A return to art
Before 1989, art was a natural part of Slovak housing estates, but with the advent of reconstruction and insulation, this custom was abandoned. In many European cities, art is an integral part of modern architecture, which makes urban living and atmosphere more pleasant. The project Dúbravy used more than 30,000 tiles for its mosaics and brought art back to life in the urban neighbourhood.
I like to create for the public space. I feel like I can get out of my bubble and show my work to other people.
Each of the artists chose a motif that is close to them and gave their mosaic a unique style. Although they are united in their method of depiction and choice of colours typical for the children’s world, each of them represents an individual personal expression and gives this group of art a heart.
Art is an established element of contemporary architecture in many European cities. This is a consequence of systematic thinking about the quality of architecture, the urban environment and housing. The construction is not just spontaneous and attractive. There is more to quality projects and art is the added value. Its significance lies in the fact that it reflects the image of the community, thinking and time.
Project Curator Sabina Jankovičová
Dúbravy represents the first project of its kind in Slovakia and thanks to its art it has become, so to speak, a gallery in a public space. In addition to beautiful common areas for sports and relaxation, the inhabitants of Dúbravy have something more thanks to the unique art on their homes.
We understand that the use of quality materials or nearby civic amenities are no longer enough to improve housing. Therefore, in addition to the ecological element – green roofs – we also try to give each of our projects an aspect of art.
A gift for all ages
Children as well as adults should make space for imagination in their lives and not be afraid to dream. We hope that the inhabitants of Dúbravy will appreciate this art in their neighbourhood and proudly call it their home.