‘Give if you can; Take if you have to’- the latest sculpture installed at the Mananchira square in Kozhikode stays loyal to the city’s new found image of ‘Hunger Free City’. This renowned sculpture of Polish artist Jacek Tylicki, was unveiled on Thursday by the artist himself in the presence of Deputy Mayor Meera Darshak and a large crowd.
The sculpture that resembles a traditional grinding stone used in Kerala, is a large basin with the words ‘Give if you can; Take if you have to’ inscribed on it. Anybody can deposit anything in it that he/she is willing to give away. Likewise, anybody who needs it can take it for his/her use. The sculpture dwells on a concept that breaches the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.
Jacek Tylicki is known for his ‘free art’. He believes that creative talents are god’s gift and that it should not be sold, but freely given away. The work ‘Give if you can; Take if you have to’ has been installed in Dublin in Ireland, Sopot in Poland and Palolem in Goa. In his address, Mr.Tylicki said that the sculpture will be an epicentre of happiness and that it will bring luck to those who donates through it. “It is my dream. I want to be a better man”, he said that all one needed was to keep the mind open, to achieve happiness. Tylicki had been in India 14 times and 3 times in Kozhikode.
Councillors M.C.Anil Kumar, K.V.Baburaj, P.M.Niyas and Nambidi Narayanan were present at the function. Tylicki was accompanied by his wife Maya and his hosts artist Uday Hue and Reshma Hue.