Punat town on Krk island is currently hosting a lovely cultural manifestation: an art colony named ‘Punat Sea Art’.
Conceived two years ago, the project was meant to embellish the public spaces in Punat with sculptural artwork created by Croatian students of fine arts. The initiative was devised by painter Alma Dujmović, and with time, it grew into a beloved project supported by the municipality and the Tourist Board of Punat. Two years later, the planned collection of Punat’s urban public artwork inspired by the island’s maritime heritage and aquatic life is slowly taking an impressive shape.
The premiere in 2015 had students from Rijeka’s Academy of Applied Arts working with metal, creating an installation inspired by fishing tools that later got permanently installed on the waterfront. In 2016, members of the Arteco association made a wooden monument of a fisherman in his boat; this year will in turn see the students of Osijek’s Academy of Arts working with ceramics.
“We’re facing yet another step in the process of expanding the artistic heritage of Punat and embellishing its public space”, said Branko Karabaić, the director of the Tourist Board. He announced the theme of this year’s art colony is Survival – the Slavonian students need to come up with a creative approach to the life of shellfish.
The entire programme is taking place in the Toš gallery, ending on Sunday, September 17. Everyone’s invited to drop by and observe the young artists in action; if your travels take you to Krk, make sure to stop in Punat to admire the lovely artwork all around town.
Learn more about the project here.
Source: Novi list