Man Crossing the River

  Most Sulimy-Kamińskiego     more than a year ago
This iconic sculpture, which balances precariously and yet perfectly on a wire over the river, is the work of Polish sculptor Jerzy Kędziora (whose gravity-defying art can also be seen in Kraków). The sculpture portrays a young man attempting to cross the river with a pole in one hand and an arrow in the other, with a pair of Roman sandals slung over his shoulder. Unveiled on the day Poland joined the European Union - May 1st, 2004 - the lad is said to be fetching an arrow shot by Bydgoszcz's other well-known sculpture: Łuczniczka (aka The Archer). Look closely and you will also see that he is accompanied by a single swallow, said to be a tribute to Andrzej Szwalbe, the late director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic.


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