Long ago you would have found old Gdańsk carved into four quarters: Szeroki, Wysoki, Rybacki and Kogi (Wide, High, Fish and Ship quarter) and today the geographic point where these historic areas met has been handily highlighted by a dazzling installation that makes use of lions, light and water. Better known as the Four Quarters Fountain (Polish: Fontanna Czterech Kwartałów), this smashing piece of street art was officially unveiled on September 7th, 2009 – more or less seven years after the initial idea was conceived. Delayed by the discovery of Gothic age foundations lying below street level, the 2.2 million złoty project was the brainchild of local graduates and sculptors Ewa Koprowska and Lucyna Kujawa, with their work funded by Saur Neptun Gdańsk, a Gdańsk based water and sanitation company. Featuring four life-size lions (ancient symbols and protectors of Gdańsk) guarding each corner, and twenty-four playful jets of water, this is a favourite of children and anyone with a social media account hungry for images of their time in Gdańsk.
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