Kore, created by the sculptor Ewa Beyer-Formela, was made of Pink Marianna marble, a rare variety of stone with a delicate pink colour found in a quarry in the Kłodzko Valley. The sculpture depicts a girl in a long, airy robe, the daughter of Demeter. The careless Kore, having picked a narcissus flower dedicated to Hades, is forced to become his wife. Hades kidnaps her to the underworld and thus condemns her to separation from her mother, who, not knowing what fate befell her beloved daughter, does not stop searching for her.

Ewa Beyer-Formela was born in 1935 in Kartuzy. She has repeatedly emphasised the influence of growing up in Kashubia on her later artistic choices. The artist was particularly close to nature, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for her. In 1960, she defended her diploma Professor Stanisław Horno-Popławski at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She participated in the post-war reconstruction of Gdańsk. She created outdoor and intimate sculptures in granite, marble, wood, metal and ceramics. Ewa Beyer-Formela also had an interest in drawing, watercolour and pastels. The Sopot-based artist died in 2022.

Co-financed under the Program of the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko entitled “Sculpture in Public Space for Independent Poland – 2021”.

Author: Ewa Beyer-Formela (1935- 2022)
Date: 1980s
Technique: marble