Lucio Cáceres: A Note to a Painting

From: Lucio Cáceres
Date: 2015-03-23 3:15 GMT+01:00
Subject: Una carta para Batuz
To: Batuz

March 23, 2015


Dear Batuz,

I have been looking with great fascination at the work of “Helmets for Peace”, the beauty that radiates from wherever you look at it and the effect of the light which is a complete surprise and a relevant addition that underscores the quality of the work.

Simply magnificent!!!!!!

Thinking about the work I asked myself: Will the visitor understand, beyond the artistic value, the meaning of the work and everything that went into it from the idea to the effort it took? So what occurred to me is contained in the brief note that I send with this message, a kind of note for the visitor to the museum that might be located at the bottom of the work.

So you see, I’ve been thinking a lot about you and about our friendship and about the ideals that join us together.

A big hug from
The Bear of the South


Helmets for Peace
A Note to a Painting

Batuz’ work has a sculptural quality that an observer can easily see.

The physical dimension of the work, the colored planes, the quality of the materials: army helmets with colors filling in on the surface, the textures that the artist’s sensibilities has transmitted to the work, the essential composition of the line that separates the space at the same time that it also unites the plastic concept, the light that illuminates it, providing other tones as well as a sense of time (dawn, day and night, rebirth). All of that is plain to see.

What is perhaps not so visible to the observer, is the meaning of this work, the child of an ideal of a world without borders, a museum piece which is a replica of an installation that the artist Batuz realized in a “non-museum” where the line was the River Neisse, the surface the lands of Germany and Poland and the helmets the representation of two armies, who in the past were traditionally in confrontation during times of war though reconciled now for many years in times of peace.

This is how Batuz’ mega-installation on the German-Polish border began in the year 2002 – where armies and cities, soldiers and civilians, from both sides of the border, joined in peace and forgiveness for the past, playing with floating helmets that nature and the course of the river began mixing to create an ever changing harmony of colors and souls.

One of many borders demolished, from Berlin to the Internet, or of the many borders that remain to be torn down: between East and West, between religions, diverse peoples, and citizens, that the artist topples with each one of his interventions, in what has become his life’s work that he brings into being in search of his eternal ideal.


Ing. Lucio Cáceres

Vice-Chairman, Fundación Cultural Batuz Uruguay
Former Minister of Transport and Public Works, Uruguay