Leonardas Gutauskas Tadas Gutauskas

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"Fire-Water Man"

Our chosen approach is a symbolic one. We did not want to take the literal road and portray a firefighter on his way to work.

A firefighter’s profession is one of the most dangerous, and so to give meaning I chose a symbolic giant figure. It is taking giant steps, rushing to people’s aid. ‘Fire-Water Man’ is the sculpture’s title. It is a figurative, laconic, symbolic figure of a man which in itself holds 2 elements: fire and water. You will agree that without fire there would be no need for firefighters and without water they would not be able to put the fire out. In my opinion, the confrontation of these two rudiments is indeed the most important in a composition of the sculpture. In one hand, the symbolic firefighter carries a flame, in the other – a drop of water. The flame and drop are differentiated in colours in order to create the correct and comprehensible association. The figure wears a helmet which is semantically reminiscent of Saint Florian’s helmet. Saint Florian is the patron of firefighters.

The sculpture’s colour decision is that of great importance, as the colour allows any calibre of spectator to identify the sculpture as a work of art. ‘Fire-Water Man’ must be clearly visible from different angles and to dominate in the context of tall buildings and trees. I have chosen a dark blue colour (an allusion to firefighters’ uniforms) which will stand out in the nature’s green background in both summer and winter.

Lighting solution author- lighting designer:
Antanas Pocevičius (Company ‘Arcluce’)

Photo: Artūras Jendovickis.