Under the effigy of the Ruler Mihai Viteazul and of the seal of the legend of Mos Ploae, Ploiesti municipality was and still is a source of inspiration for both those who are skilled in writing and those who, in several painting moves, give birth to a canvas. A proof of this is choosing the municipality of the Prahova County as the host of an international plastic art camp organized early in July.
The 11th edition of the International Plastic Arts Camp “Dan Platon” will be held this year in Ploiesti. The event is organized by the Culture House “Ion Luca Caragiale” of the Ploiesti Municipality, between July 4 and 15, 2017, and will be held in Ploiesti, in order to celebrate 420 years since the locality was raised from the level of a village to the level of a royal fair by the Ruler Mihai Viteazul. The event will be attended by 10 plastic artists from the country and from abroad.
They are Ovidiu Pastina andi Florin Sutu – from Ploiesti, Ion Radu – Braila, Corneliu Dragan – Targoviste, Florin Ferendino – Constanta, Petre Chirea – Bucharest, Iurie Matei – Republic of Moldova and Marina Sendrea – Republic of Moldova, Janusz Poplawski – Poland, Aimilia Meletiou – Greece. According to the organizers, 97 plastic artists from Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, England, Republic of Moldova and Germany have been involved in the project during the ten previous editions of the camp, the event being organized in various localities of the county. As a result of the artistic creation activities, works of plastic art and sculpture have been performed, representing the patrimony for making a collection of paintings of the Ploiesti municipality.
As for the ten plastic artist who will have to concentrate and reproduce the history of the city on the canvas until half of July, their main source of inspiration will include the “Monograph of the Ploiesti City”, written by Mihail Sevastos. According to this monograph, Mihai Viteazul founded the city of Ploiesti in 1599, on the occasion of concentrating the troops that went to Transylvania in the autumn of the same year. The places were known to him because of the richness of the hunting and fishing. Mihai Viteazul chose this point for gathering the troops, considering both the road of Teleajen and the opportunities for a reach and cheap supply, in a place where lowland, hills and mountains, with their various products, meet, and where the crossroad of the most important roads was facilitating the exchange of goods. As for the development of the Ploiesti Fair, it is best reproduced in several lines, by the one who wrote the monograph of the city himself: “The Ploiesti Fair is related to the name of Mihai Viteazul – the one who rebelled against the Turks and who, for a moment, united all the Romanian provinces in a single body. Mihai Viteazul allowed the fair to be established at Ploiesti.
Merchants and craftsmen were coming at the market to unload their bags and lay their goods on the ground. Waistcoats and knee-logs and glowing adornments for women could be found here. Carts with fish, wood and wine were coming. The goods were sold near the cart. Cows were sold nearby… All the Romanian fairs have been founded like Ploiesti fair was founded. After the year of 1600, two weekly fairs were held between Teleajen and Prahova: one of them was at Targsor and the other one was at Ploesti. The development of Ploesti continued by a methodical manner. At the half of the 18th century, Ploiesti is entitled as a head city. The heads of the Prahova County, namely the representatives of the ruler were now staying in Ploiesti. The free peasants were going to master the Ploiesti domain and fair…”