Mural of Marie Sklodowska-Curie

The new art work has been created on a wall of the public library at the Lipowa street. The mural is devoted to the 100th anniversary of honouring Maria Skłodowska-Curie with the Nobel Prize for her discovery of polonium and radium. Thus, the mural entitled “I was born in Warsaw” precedes the inauguration of the Year of Maria Skłodowska-Curie. As 2010 has been a year of Chopin, the upcoming 2011 will be devoted to the memory of the famous Polish scientist.

Mural about Maria Skłodowska-Curie has been created under extreme weather conditions using special heaters that enabled to increase the temperature around the location up to +10 Centigrees.The Capital City of Warsaw turned to the artists from Good Looking Studio, who – fighting the wind, snow and low temperatures which would prevent most of us from even leaving their home – have launched today their works on the three-dimensional mural in ul. Lipowa 3, representing the Nobel Prize winner at work.

The mural was painted in December, as it is exactly on 26 December when Maria Skłodowska-Curie discovered radium. Moreover, it is also in December that she received her second Nobel Prize thirteen years later, in 1911. The mural constitutes the first part of the project “I was born in Warsaw” preceding the celebrations of the Year of Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Poland and International Year of Chemistry in 2011. In spring 2011 the action will result in a number of installations located within the Warsaw city area in order to honour the Nobel Prize winner and her achievements in the global development of chemistry. The objective of the project is also to point to the relation of this remarkable scientist with Warsaw, i.e. the city in which she was born and where her scientific career started.

As the results of the survey from June 2010 show (TNS OBOP), almost 80% of the respondents did not know that Maria was born in Warsaw. According to 45% of the survey participants the place that Maria Skłodowska-Curie is mostly associated with is Paris, with Warsaw coming in only second (15%). The citizens of Warsaw have a greater knowledge about the scientists’ achievements, as 69% of the respondents recognised her as the discoverer of two elements. As it turned out, the awareness that the next year will be devoted to Maria Skłodowska-Curie was very low among the respondents (with only 1% of them knowing about this). However, nearly 2/3 of the capital inhabitants would like to learn something more about Maria Skłodowska-Curie.

The painting works at the Lipowa street werer completed on Friday, 17 December.

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