The network was abuzz because of the sacks at the Roman Stadium

The network was abuzz because of the sacks at the Roman Stadium
The network was abuzz because of the sacks at the Roman Stadium


The 400 bronze sacks that barricaded the Roman stadium sparked heated debates on the websaw a reporter on

Should the millennial city be defiled with a nihilistic attitude towards beauty and architecture. Is such a provocation necessary to talk about art, many ask. Some have decided that this is a waste collection campaign. Many people are completely critical of the art installation and even go as far as vehemence and denial.

As people who always have their own opinion, journalists also get involved in the public debate.

Ekaterina Terzieva wrote on her profile: “Plovdiv has endured a lot over the years, but do we need to mock it more? Those 400 sacks desecrating the thousand-year-old Roman stadium, filled with foam and painted with bronze, were, please, an “upgrade” on the fortress wall, a symbol of the Iron Curtain”, and the barricade itself was built according to photos from Ukraine. With this so-called installation, the Week of Contemporary Art, part of the Autumn Art Salon, will begin. That no one can give a clear definition of “contemporary art” is clear, but when someone claims to be art, can’t they at least try a little to approach aesthetics and beauty?’

“On the other hand, one of the main functions of art is to provoke, to cause reactions, debates, to make us think and reflect. As soon as a few sacks, they can make people talk and think about art, instead of Vasco the Frog, so have served their purpose. Maybe it’s time to stop thinking of art as just something tangible that can be touched, sold, or hung on the wall and understood by everyone. And not everyone has to like it . It doesn’t even have to be seen as art. And the Mona Lisa has critics. And it was over some galvanized buckets that many people, including myself, learned who Joseph Beuys was.

Can we learn anything from these sacks? We can, but only if we want to and only if we have the necessary intellectual capacity. And I’m far from trying to imply that art is only for intellectuals, but it’s certainly not for everyone,” writes Victor Kadiri, who believes that the artist has made a good case. And he adds: “It is good, while we are whipping an aylyak on Main Street, to realize that the war is not far away and even for a moment to try to imagine what those people are experiencing there, regardless of whether we are Russophiles or Russophobes. I like it. Well done!”

There are other opinions that do not belong to the people of Plovdiv, but they spoke out bravely, however, such as Vladimir Tupavicharov: “Art is a carrier of aesthetics, not provocation. If two people fuck each other in broad daylight on the square, they will provoke more tales from a few bronze sacks, but that will not be art, but mere vulgarity.’

And more people think like him, of course, even more extreme: “Terrible, terribly ugly and vulgar. The design has the opposite effect.”

In fact, the criticisms are not only complete negation and blasphemy, but rather embark on a defense of beauty. Like Yulia Bacheva’s opinion, for example:

“After the installation with the galvanized buckets in the area of ​​the Central Post Office, the sacks are coming to me too much. It may appeal to many people under the denominator ‘to provoke’, but I remain a supporter of Dostoevsky’s words that ‘beauty will save the world.’ Garbage bags will be forgotten, no matter that they will cost a lot of money, but look at the frescoes of the Boyan church or the sgraffito of the Elephant in the Old Town, which is crumbling and the money could have gone to its conservation, it will be very difficult to forget.”

One way or another, Plovdiv is awake, Plovdiv breathes and lives, as long as people are not indifferent to whether or not there are sacks in its center. If they don’t care what’s attractive and what’s not.

And the provocative art installation probably fulfilled its purpose and conveyed the message of the artist Sevdalina Kochevska, which reminds of the barricades in Ukraine, where there is a war.

The installation is part of the Contemporary Art Week that started in Plovdiv.