results of the student competition


The competition, held by the Sežana Higher Education Centre, involved designing and making stone elements for Sežana’s town park in 28th August Square and resulted in three elements enhancing the renovated space. The competition winners, Špela Šedivy and Matej Župec, impressed the jury with their idea for three massive elements that present Sežana as the capital of the Karst and the capital of stone. The winners turned their idea into reality at the Lipica quarry, where they produced all three sculptures.


The three stone elements in 28th August Square in Sežana were made by Špela Šedivy and Matej Župec, graduates of the Sežana Higher Vocational College, whose idea won in the competition for their design and production.

The three sculptures rise from an identical base, which slowly changes from a round shape into an angular, square form. Their height and expanding tops give the sculptures a monumental air and inspire respect for the stone material and nature as a whole.

The elements vary in their carvings, which represent different stages of the human usage of stone. Namely, the sculptures depict a deposit of natural stone, quarries as the means of extraction and human expression through stone.

As the first motif, layers of natural stone represent the natural wealth of the Karst; natural stone, its layers and the layering of time.

The motif on the second element represents quarries as the first stage of the human usage of stone. The bas-relief on a deeper section of the stone element depicts the large scope and depth of a quarry and emphasizes its magnificence.

The letters and words on the third element represent human creation and the usage of stone, since humans are the only beings that communicate with letters. The carved words STONE, KARST, TIME, LAYERS and HUMAN round off the set and link the elements to the market.

The stone elements are revealed in a completely different light after nightfall when they are lit up by floor lights. That’s when the bas-reliefs throw shadows that give the elements a different emphasis than when under natural light.

The competition of designing and making the stone elements for Sežana’s town park in the renovated 28th August Square was organised by the Sežana Higher Education Centre, which also enabled the authors to produce and set up the sculptures.


Making the stone sculpture was a special challenge for the two college students. The Lipica quarry, where they worked, provided a particularly inspiring setting. In the process of translating the idea from paper to stone, they received considerable help from their mentor Damjan Švara.

Short film from Matej Župec.


The formal unveiling of the sculptures in 28th August Square in April 2014 was accompanied by words from the mayor Davorin Terčon, the director of the Sežana Higher Education Centre Peter Medica and the creators of the sculptures Špela Šedivy and Matej Župec.

On this occasion, all the competition winners were presented with formal awards.