Holy Mountain | Maciej Berbeka Award Statue
Maciej Berka’s Prize awarded to the best furniture diploma accomplished by the graduates of Kenar Art School in Zakopane. The prize was awarded during the Festival “Inspired by the Mountains”.
The shape of the statuette was inspired by the summit of Machapuchare, a majestic sacred peak in the Himalayas. A legendary peak, one of the very few places left on our planet where no human has ever set foot. The only pristine mountain left in the Himalayas, a place meant only for the presence of God. A metaphor of human life, reminding all of us that the way to the purpose is far more important that the target. On the top of the peak stands a chair, a symbol of absence and irreversible loss as well as hopes of expected come-backs.
The chair, seemingly being out of place, becomes a reminder of all people, who lived, visited or remained for ever in the mountains.
Maciej Berbeka (1954, Zakopane, Poland – 2013, Broad Peak, Baltistan) was a Polish mountaineer, mountain guide and member of TOPR. He and his teammate Tomasz Kowalski went missing on 6 March 2013 as they were descending from Broad Peak. They were declared dead two days later. Berbeka’s accomplishments include making the first winter ascent of the eight-thousanders Manaslu (1984); of Cho Oyu (1985 – the only winter ascent on eight-thousander made along a new route) and of Broad Peak (2013). He also climbed and summited Annapurna and Mount Everest. He was also the first person in the world to have reached 8000 m winter in Karakoram – Rocky Summit (1988).This occurred exactly 25 years to the day before he was reported missing on Broad Peak.
Project and execution by Przemyslaw Wanczyk.