About the Aurelius Award

The sculpture, created by an artist, shows in an expressive way how important it is to have empathy for people with mental disease, whose situation is special, including their legal status. The motif of Temida, in the form of a sculpture, reflects in itself the timeless values of the rule of law and justice. The youthful figure of Aurelius introduces the idea of treating people with mental diseases with dignity. The sculpture is complemented by a butterfly motif, a symbol of the soul, which conveys the impression of changeability.  

        Statement of the author of the sculpture:

,,The state of consciousness of a mentally disabled individual is temporally unpredictable, as it may be to a significant extent shaped by the environment. The fluid state of consciousness of one’s mind is not a choice, it is rather a combination of two aspects: an illness and a kind of necessity which is not in any way connected with the will of the disabled person but may be impacted by the environment. Such a behavior of a system or a set of factors is also called the sensitive to initial conditions or the butterfly effect. Butterflies can, therefore, be taken advantage of to depict this phenomenon. The complement of the entire image is the patina on bronze, which develops with time, just as our should do. Today, we are remarkably different than we were yesterday. Each Aurelius statue is subject to unique changes and that is why very single one of them is different.’’  Katarzyna Lipecka

Artist, Katarzyna Lipecka – born in  1984, a sculptor, photographer, curator – she has been working and creating her pieces of art in her hometown. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow with a distinction of the Faculty of Painting Committee, awarded by professor Adam Wsiołkowski. She completed her sculpting course under the supervision of professor Józef Murzyn. In 2008, she was one of photographers on the set of the "Młyn i Krzyż" (ang. The Mill and the Cross) movie,  which is a drama directed by Lech Majewski. In 2015, her,,Ananke'' sculpture was for the first time presented in the  European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona. Since 2015, Lipecka has been working on the Catharsis project, the main point of focus of which is to describe the theory of alternative reality in art. It is a combination of numerous possible versions of reality in the present, which allows for combining the structure of ideas.