In 1992 – 97, Jaroslav Koléšek studied in the Studio of Sculpture at the Department of Fine Arts of the Faculty of Education of the University of Ostrava (M. Kotrba, S. Hanzík). He completed his doctoral studies at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica in 2012. Since 2014, he has been working as associate professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Ostrava, where he has been leading the Studio and the Department of Sculpture since 2011. He is the winner of the Václav Chad’s Award (2003, 3rd Zlín Youth Salon) and the Rudolf Schlattauer’s Award (2010).
The Great Missionary is an expressive encounter of natural, human and technical space. In terms of form, it is a sculptural and stylized body of a helicopter with a flagellate and vividly moving tail, symbolizing a bearer of information. The statue is a reference to missions, whether military or civil, about which we do not know yet whether they bring a threat or rescue. The sculpture is also a place of conflict and also a merge of principles representing the origin and end of life – the mutual interconnection. The active space of the sculpture is a land – target, as the ancient origin, into which a human being, bringing enlivening, settlement, but also disturbance, is implanted. The sculpture can symbolize the forces that transform the living space, which is achieved mainly by internal tension based on the use of parallels and contrasts between technical a nd organic morphology.