The Archer (Łuczniczka)

  Park im. Jana Kochanowskiego     more than a year ago
Bydgoszcz’s most famous and most recognizable statue, portraying a young female archer dressed in only a pair of Roman lace-up sandals. Sculpted in 1908 by Berlin artist Ferdinand Lepcke, it was bought for the city by the wealthy banker and philanthropist Lewin Louis Aronsohn. The naked athlete was initially too titillating for the laced-up public of the era and was subjected to numerous protests, camouflage attempts, and being dressed up in proper clothing during religious holidays. It wasn’t until Poznań mayor Cyryl Ratajski sought to buy the statue in the 1920s that the city had some second thoughts about the artistic value of Łuczniczka - and she stayed in Bydgoszcz, although moved back from the street somewhat to be less visible. After a few more place changes throughout the 20th century, she now resides in Kochanowski Park.


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