Wroclaw

The Anonymous Pedestrians

When you’re tired of gazing at Wrocław’s multitude of cherubs, gargoyles, and bearded national heroes clutching important pens and looking frightfully serious, hike on down to this intersection to have a look at an entirely different take on public art. The wonderfully lifelike bronze statues descending into the earth are based on Jerzy Kalina's temporary art installation set up in Warsaw in 1977; the original plaster sculptures, stored in the Wrocław National Museum for 28 years, were re-cast in bronze and unveiled in the middle of the night on the 24th anniversary of the introduction of martial law in Poland. Whether or not this was deliberate remains a subject of discussion - according to one interpretation, the refreshed artwork is meant as a tribute to those who worked in underground organisations to undermine the regime.


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