Săgeată, floare, foc

Probably a meteoric lake
Cluj, 2018

Impact location
Gresia, Teleorman, 2018

Mr Alexandru
Gresia, Teleorman, 2018

Impact location
Pleșcoi, Buzău, 2017

Name: Pleșcoi
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2008
Mass: 6.91 kg
Classification: L5 – 6

AS Meteor fotball team
Mociu, Cluj, 2018

Grădinari, Caraș-Severin, 2020

E574, Dolj, 2020

Ohaba, Alba, 2019

Luminita Zaharia,
curator of UBB Museum of Mineralogy
Cluj, 2018

Mocs and Pleșcoi Meteorites
and their casts, UBB Mineralogy Museum
Cluj, 2018

Mociu city center
Mociu, Cluj, 2018

Impact location
Mociu, Cluj, 2018

Name: Mocs
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1882
Mass: 300 kg
Classification: L5 – 6

Grădinari, Caraș-Severin, 2020

Grădinari, Caraș-Severin, 2020

Tauți, Arad, 2020

Cornești, Timișoara, 2020

Name: Gresia
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1990
Mass: 26.9 kg
Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H4)

Mr Ion, Cornești, Timișoara, 2020

E79, Dolj, 2020

Tauț, Arad, 2020

Impact location
Tauț, Arad, 2020

Tower on the hill
Grădinari, Caraș-Severin, 2019

River rocks as meteorites
based on a true story, 2020

Impact location
Cornești, Timișoara, 2020

E60, Criț, Brașov, 2018

Impact location
Grădinari, Caraș-Severin, 2020

Fragment from Mocs meteorite
Antipa Museum, Bucharest, 2020

View from impact location
Grădinari, Caraș-Severin,2020

Mr Alexandru
Sopot, Dolj, 2018

Meteorite impact study
Sopot, Dolj, 2018

Cornești, Timișoara, 2020

Sopot, Dolj, 2018

View from impact location
Pleșcoi, Buzău, 2017

Impact location
Pleșcoi, Buzau, 2018

Impact location
Tauț, Arad, 2020

Tuzla, Constanța, 2018

Eminescu as a Sphynx
Brașov, 2018

Name: Sopot
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1927
Mass: 958 g
Classification: Chondrite H5

Sopot meteorite casts
Oltenia Museum, Craiova, 2020

The fall of a meteor is an event that captured the imagination and thrilled the history since the beginning of humanity, and that was fully understood only in the recent history. What used to predict calamities for
the common folk and troubled the minds of thinkers, in the present is tracked, studied and kept in museums and private collections.

This work is an attempt to visually approach an astronomical phenomena that strongly influenced the Romanian poetry and art in general, and was the leitmotif of the most famous national poem.

Being interested in apparently boring landscapes that have a hidden aura, with the help of a database offered by The Metoritical Society, in 2018 I started to search the locations where meteorites fell in Romania. Almost all the sites that I visited so far, where the impact was still remembered by the locals, hold some reference to the event. This occurrence is even more charming knowing its power to feed local myths. Most of the people that I’ve met, that had nothing to do with the phenomenon, wanted to be integrated in the story, to be part of this cosmic venture. But for the ones in whose yard the meteorite fell, this gift became a burden. This encounter reflects the human need to overcome oneself, and once it happened, leaves an open space that need to be filled again.

Oscillating between facts and fictions, my perception on this work changed in time. What started as a documentary approach, slowly shifted to a desire to present a personal interpretation on the subject. Willing to keep the character of this unpredicted event, I embraced technical errors and made interventions on the film, searching for unexpected.

* The title of the work translates as Arrow, flower, fire and it is a verse from Celestial touch, poem written by Lucian Blaga, in 1933

Work in progress