“Bear Uszatek”(oryg. “Miś Uszatek”)

spacer po Łodzi 017.JPGArtistic design: Zbigniew Rychlicki, sculpture by Magdalena Walczak and Marcin Mielczarek,  87 Piotrkowska Str., Lodz, Poland (Photo: Gosia Głowacka, 23.01.2013)

Fairytale Lodz – a project which created a family hiking trail in the city of Lodz. The trail is accompanied by small statues depicting characters from children’s TV series and movies of the studios Small Film Forms Se-ma-for. Ultimately, the “Lodz Fairy-tale” had created 17 sculptures cast in bronze. In the years 2009-2015 nine monuments were created. The project also issued a local coin “Lodz” with portraits of some fairy-tale characters.

Bear Uszatek is presented here as a tourist: wearing a backpack and in his left paw he holds a town plan. The sculpture is less than a meter tall and weighs 60 kg. The unveiling took place under the slogan “Lodz likes a teddy bear.” It also appears on the cover of maps held by the bear. Deputy Mayor of Lodz, Włodzimierz Tomaszewski, performed the unveiling.

At the beginning of January 2010 Uszatek lost his left paw. Probably the sculpture was caught by a snowplow. The paw had been found and the monument repaired. The Teddy Bear had been showing for a time in the display-window of Tourist Information Centre. May 16, 2010, during the Feast of Lodz, the monument was relocated onto the Piotrkowska street again. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Mayor of Lodz Wieslaw Zewald.

November 4, 2013, for the time of renovation of Piotrowska Street, the monument was dismantled and moved to the headquarters of the Tourist Information Centre. November 13, 2013 again placed into the CIT display-window. May 20, 2014 the monument returned to his place, accompanied by the official unveiling. Until then, the figure of the bear has been cleared, covered with patine and fitted with a new nose.

(source: Wikipedia)

“Pig monument”


Made by:Klaas Jansen, Castelnuovo Rangone prov. Modena, Italia (Photo: Jolanta Kruszka, 13.03.2016)

The inhabitants of Castelnuovo Rangone (prov. Modena) had wished for a monument of a pig. The city owns the title as European capital in the production of pork, therefore, this wish is fully understandable. The monument was unveiled on 12.14.1997.

The fountain of marble to memorize Giovanni Falcone

20160313_142415Made in 2001/2002,Savignano sul Panaro prov. Modena,  Italy (Photo: Jolanta Kruszka, 13.03.2016)

In Italy, in the region of Emilia Romagna, the province of Modena is a small town called Savignano sul Panaro.  There is a fountain on the central square, named after Giovanni Falcone, an law officer murdered by the mafia. It has a symbolic meaning. The critic Vladimir Zocca wrote about it: “An architectural composition which shows, how the memory of the sacrified life for the defense of the right to freedom, can enrich the society”.
The symbolism of the fountain is as clear as the water that covers the labyrinth – the symbol of mafia’s intrigue. A girl who is released from the labyrinth is a sign of hope and victory. The drawn up hands holding a pomegranate – a mythical symbol of immortality and rebirth.

“All together”

(orig. Miteinander) Made by: Sven Schöning, Lübeck, Marli auf Kaufhof, Germany (Photo: Alice Ochmann 06.03.2016)

The 13 life-size sculptures including women, men and children are decorating and attracting the attention of  people on the square in Lübeck.

Sculpture: Bronze, 2012


Sven Schöning – was born in 1965 Hamburg. Currently he lives and works in Stipsdorf near Bad Segeberg.

“Monument of Wikipedia”

Wikipedia.JPGMade by: Mihran Hakobayn (2014), Słubice, Polska (Photo: Alicja Molenda, March 6,  2016)

The Wikipedia Monument (Polish: Pomnik Wikipedii), located in Słubice, Poland, is a statue designed by Armenian sculptor Mihran Hakobyan honoring Wikipedia contributors. The fiber and resin sculpture cost about 50,000 złotys (approximately US$14,000; 12,000 euros) and was funded by Słubice regional authorities. It was unveiled in Frankfurt Square (Plac Frankfurcki) on 22 October 2014 in a ceremony that included representatives from both local Wikimedia chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation The monument depicts four figures holding aloft a lobe based on the Wikipedia logo, reaching over two meters up. The fiber and resin statue was designed by Armenian-born artist Mihran Hakobyan, who graduated from Collegium Polonicum. It cost about 50,000 złotys (approximately $14,000; 12,000 euros) and was funded by Słubice regional authorities.

The monument was suggested around 2010 by Krzysztof Wojciechowski, a university professor and director of the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice. Wojciechowski said, “I’m ready to drop to my knees before Wikipedia, that’s why I thought of a monument where I could do it.” Polish Wikipedia is a popular website in Poland and, with over a million articles, the 12th-largest Wikipedia in the world. According to Piotr Łuczynski, deputy mayor, the memorial “will highlight the town’s importance as an academic centre”. A Wikimedia Polska representative stated that the organization hopes that this project will “raise awareness of the website and encourage people to contribute.”

It was unveiled on 22 October 2014, on the Plac Frankfurcki, becoming the world’s first monument to the online encyclopedia. Representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation as well as from the Wikimedia chapters for Poland and Germany (Wikimedia Polska and Wikimedia Deutschland, respectively) attended the dedication ceremony. Dariusz Jemielniak, a professor of management, Wikimedia activist, and an author of Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia, delivered an opening ceremony address.

[Statement from Jimmy Wales

When Wikipedia started back in 2001 I have to say that I never imagined a day when Wikipedia would be honored with a monument – we write about them, we photograph them with our Wiki Loves Monuments competition, and now we have a monument of our own. It is a truly special and exciting day, and one that I hope shines the spotlight on the thousands of Wikimedians who edit Wikipedia and make it the source of free knowledge it has come to be. I look forward to visiting Słubice one day to see the monument for myself and perhaps meeting some of those involved in the project.

— Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, on the occasion of the unveiling




With this monument the citizens of Słubice would like to pay homage to thousands of anonymous editors all over the world, who have contributed voluntarily to the creation of Wikipedia, the greatest project co-created by people regardless of political, religious or cultural borders. In the year this monument is unveiled Wikipedia is available in more than 280 languages and contains about 30 million articles. The benefactors behind this monument feel certain that with Wikipedia as one of its pillars the knowledge society will be able to contribute to the sustainable development of our civilization, social justice and peace among


“The Stravinsky Fountain”

Made by: Jean Tinguely together with his French lifemate Niki de Saint Phalle (in  1983 r.)Stravinsky Place, Paris, France (Photo: Alice Ochmann, 2011)

The Stravinsky Fountain (fr: La Fontaine Stravinsky) is a whimsical public fountain ornamented with sixteen works of sculpture, moving and spraying water, representing the works of composer Igor Stravinsky. It was created in 1983 by sculptors Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, and is located on Place Stravinsky, next to the Centre Pompidou, in Paris


Made by: Ludwig Kunstmann,  Lübeck-Travemünde, Am Leuchtenfeld 12, Germany (Photo: Alice Ochmann, 27.02.2016)

Ceramic statue of a sea-navigator from 1924

The statue is placed in front of the pilotage traffic centre in Lübeck-Travemünde. The pilot guards the entrance to the Baltic Sea at this point. He wears the typical seafarers’ clothes: a woolen sweater, high rubber boots and a southwester that protects his head and neck from the rain water. The grim-faced man with a beard is looking at the mouth of the Trave River.

In 1924 the statue was originally placed at the corner of the Kurgartenhaus. In the 1960s the statue was removed due to reconstruction work and then was missing. In 1993 the statue was rediscovered and restored.  Ever since the larger than life-size statue has been guarding at this point the Baltic Sea entry.

Technic: Ceramic


Ludwig Kunstmann (* 1877 Regensburg, † 1961 Hamburg)

“Der Auseinandersetzer”

Made by: Guillermo Steinbrüggen, the Nordermole in Travemünde, Germany (Photo: Alice Ochmann, 27.02.2016)

The marble sculpture of Guillermo Steinbrüggen is situated on the Nordermole in Travemünde. The statue of a man carries a massive stone block, that has been moved with a determined effort from its base. So in the first place the title “Der Auseinandersetzer” (what means to put something apart or to deal with something) can be understood literally, but the work is also about peoples inner thougts. Therefore, the man whose eyes are closed to express his introversion, is at the same time a symbol of the inner struggles and fightings that everyone must deal with on their own.

Guillermo Steinbrüggen was born in 1952 in Vigo, Spain. Now he lives and works in Lübeck, Germany.

Bluesman from Katowice

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Made by: Jerzy Kędziora, Katowice, Poland (Photo: Elżbieta Jagiełło, 26 February 2016)

The Guitarist Leszek Winder wanted to commemorate the Silesian bluesmen by a sculpture in public space. The Institution of Culture Katowice – The City of Garden commissioned Jerzy Kędziora to make an artwork. The sculptor is well known for his intrigued balancing sculptures. The Bluesman hung 5 meter over the Mariacka Street. The unveiling of sculpture took place 5th September 2013.