Art in the Public Space in Cluj-Napoca. A Big Chalk Ball Will Leave Its Mark On the Streets, After Being Rolled By Artist Lucia Ghegu.

August 21, 2023

She will hold a performance of the artwork “Full of Merit, Yet Poetical / Self-Destructive Traces”, which is the 3rd after Timișoara and Bucharest.

Departure – Friday, August 25, 2023, at 10.30 AM, from downtown, Mihail Kogălniceanu Street, towards Gheorgheni neighbourhood, on an ad-hoc route set by the artist.   



The citizens of Cluj Napoca are invited, on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 10.30 AM, to join artist Lucia Ghegu in the last performance of Full of Merit, Yet Poetical / Self-Destructive Traces. The performance consists of a chalk ball that will be rolled around the city by the artist until it disintegrates. The trace of the performance remains as an ephemeral artwork that was influenced by the context and the pathway conditions and serves as a silent witness of the ways in which we inhabit public spaces.

At 10.30 AM, the artist will start the chalk ball route, from downtown Cluj-Napoca, Mihail Kogălniceanu street, then, accompanied by the public, she will run the ball towards Gheorgheni neighbourhood.

The public art stage of Accelerator seemed like a leap into the unknown. Together with the artists and the project team, we decided to engage with communities from a larger number of cities than initially planned in order to have the chance to study and interact with audiences from different geographical areas. We know very well that the regional cultures of Romania are unique and strong. Therefore, it has been of utmost importance for the programme, as well as for Asociația Culturală Eastwards Prospectus to get to know the public, to connect bridges and to hold a constant dialogue through contemporary art projects which have a sharp discourse and which are meaningful for communities. – Andrei Breahnă, Accelerator project manager and president of Asociația Culturală Eastwards Prospectus

“Full of Merit, Yet Poetical / Self-Destructive Traces” has been the initiative of artist Maria Mandea, in terms of ideas and concept, while Accelerator provided the most appropriate framework for a team implementation, as artists Ana Maria Szöllösi, Roberta Curcă and Lucia Ghegu were deeply involved from the beginning.

Artist Lucia Ghegu has recently presented a previous public art project in Constanța, on July 29, namely kite installation On the Same Line.

After studying engineering, graphic arts and product design, Lucia Ghegu earned a research scholarship at      “Accademia di Romania” in Rome (2018-2020) during which she developed an artistic project on the impact of post-communist migration on the Romanians living in Italy. In her recent works that include both large-scale drawings, light installations and objects on the border between sculpture and product design, she is interested in architectural space, mobility understood as fluidity, migration, community, identity, constant tension between expectations and reality, but also the poetics and aesthetics of the image. Lucia frequently chooses drawing as a solution against the hyper-technological trend, a quick and spontaneous note that mediates the transition from idea to object and documents the process.

Cluj Napoca is the 3rd and the last location of this performing artwork; it started in Timișoara, in July, and continued with Bucharest, in early August 2023.

Financed with the support of EEA Grants 2014-2021 within the RO CULTURA Programme and implemented by Asociația Culturală Eastwards Prospectus, in partnership with Gaep Gallery in Bucharest and i8 Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland, Accelerator is the first and the most complex program for emerging artists who proposes a strategic approach on their artistic careers.

Accelerator covers 3 dimensions: know-how and expertise by national and international contemporary art professionals, that was provided in last year’s mentorship stage, resources for producing new artworks and presentation opportunities. The Exhibition at Gaep, doubled by the online viewing room was the first said space. The other ones are the public art projects we are presenting now in Bucharest, Timișoara, Constanța, Cluj-Napoca and Oltenița.

Founded over 7 ago, Asociația Culturală Eastwards Prospectus (ACEP) promotes contemporary art at national and international level by the means of implementing cultural and educational programmes. Through the Accelerator series of projects, ACEP supports emerging artists in the development of their career path by offering them learning opportunities inspired from international approaches and practices. In addition, ACEP aims to deepen its efforts of training and developing new audiences by the means of activities organised in Bucharest and country-wide, both online and offline. By taking part, the public starts to get familiarised and connect to contemporary art. ACEP received financing for the production of artworks; organised over 30 online and offline shows; supported an artistic intervention in public space of artist Tania Mouraud, held simultaneously in 9 cities; supported the participation of artists in national and international art fairs and developed projects for children and for the employees in corporations interested in contemporary art.

Thus, with the help of ACEP projects, art contributes to individual and collective progress – fulfilling its well-known role from older ages – to foster the evolution of society.


The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards the reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe and towards strengthening the bilateral relations between the donor countries and the 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. More information is available on and

RO-CULTURE Programme is implemented in Romania by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit. The Programme aims at strengthening social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The total budget amounts to almost 34 million EUR. For more details access: