The Palm Tree

  Rondo de Gaulle'a ,   City Centre         05 Aug 2020
More observant visitors are at some stage going to come across a great big palm tree planted in the middle of a traffic island. So, what’s it all about eh? Standing on the intersection between Nowy Świat and Al. Jerozolimskie it’ll come as little surprise that it’s part of a modern art project, awarded the title of Greetings from Jerusalem. First off, the tree is not actually a tree, rather a steel column (specially designed so it can bend in the wind), covered with natural bark and leaves made from polyethylene. It’s the work of artist Joanna Rajkowska who, during a trip to Israel, was struck by the brainwave of sticking a palm tree up in Warsaw to add some sunny cheer. Manufactured in California the tree sent city hall into a spin, its baffled bureaucrats not knowing what the devil to do with it; seeing that it wasn’t a tree, building nor a monument there was nothing in their big book of rules directing what to do about it. Eventually it was unveiled to a curious Warsaw public on December 12, 2002. The populace liked this surprise Christmas present so much it became a permanent fixture, as well as the occasional sleeping habitat of returning clubbers too trollied to figure they haven’t stumbled on a desert oasis. 
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Warsaw palm is one of the brightest points of this city. Many times I've passed next to this tree, I was much happier :) The capital of Poland is really worth to see. Many museums, great restaurants and possibility to do a lot of activities there! Despite of problems with Internet access here (hopefully Polish WiFi helped me), I reccommend going to Warsaw even for just one day :)
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