The Raftsman Monument

Co-financed by Bydgoszcz and the Hungarian government, this raftsman statue serves as a reminder that skippers weren’t the only people transporting goods through Pomeranian waterways. Once a common sight, raftsmen (flisacy in Polish) would float lumber and assorted cargo down the river. The statue's author is Bydgoszcz artist Michał Kubiak, also responsible for the Marian Rejewski monument, a sculpture of Andrzej Schwalbe (the former director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, social activist, and lawyer) near the Philharmonic, and a statue called The Wanderer at the intersection of ul. Gdańska, ul. Pomorska, and ul. Dworcowa. The full (Hungarian) name of this monument is Csáky gróf tutajosa - Count Csáky’s Raftsman, in honour of cartographer and engineer Ferenc Flórián Csáky, who first imagined and designed the Bydgoszcz Canal, making it possible to sail from Bydgoszcz all the way to Berlin.


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