“Molecule Man”

DSC03087_12_04_2015Project: Jonathan Borofsky, Berlin, Germany (Photo: Monika Saczyńska, 12 April 2015)

“Molecule Man” is a series of aluminium sculptures, designed by American artist Jonathan Borofsky, installed at various locations in the world, including Berlin, Germany, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA.

The first Molecule Man sculptures were made in 1977 and 1978 in Los Angeles, USA. The sculptures consist of three humans leaning towards each other, the bodies of which are filled with hundreds of holes, the holes representative of “the molecules of all human beings coming together to create our existence”. A related sculpture is the “Hammering Man”.

(source: Wikipedia)


Nothing happens without a reason. Many years of neglect in education or building good relations within a society, equal opportunities and living standards resulting in increased susceptibility to populists, waking up all kinds of fundamentalism and increasing of radical attitude as well as envy between people. However, we all create tissue called society, and by acting together we contribute to our own personal growth.

“Phallic Rock”

Kharkhorin, Province Övörkhangai, Mongolia (Photo: Orgil Oogil, 13.06.2016)

Kharkhorin Rock, also Kharkarin Rock or Phallic Rock, is a large statue of a penis raised on a platform on the steppe, located near Erdene Zuu Monastery (part of the World Heritage Site entitled Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape) in Kharkhorin, Övörkhangai Province of Mongolia. The phallic rock statue has dual functions; primarily it is a reminder to the monks to remain celibate, but it is also a symbol of fertility and human life.A 60-centimetre (24 in) long stone statue is located near Kharkhorin.

Legend states that a monk who had vowed to be celibate had turned out to be a womanizer. As punishment he was castrated to remind him of his vows of celibacy. As a warning to the other inmate monks of the monastery, a rock in the shape of a penis was prominently engraved as a stone phallus called “Kharkhorin Rock” within walking distance from the monastery, to remind them that they should not be indulging in any sexual activity with the local women.

(source: Wikipedia)


In today’s Poland it is more difficult to find those who can perform castration than those who should be castrated  as punishment for breaking the vows of celibacy. Not to mention those who are living in voluntary celibacy and should be able to see every day, from the their villa’s windows, such statue with the inscription “From the Nation to its Self-appointed Savior.”


236.Lwów 4-9.07.2003.jpgNear the cafe “Dzyga”, Lviv, Ukraine (Photo: Gosia Głowacka, July 2003)

Lviv had trouble with water for many years. There is a dearth of it in the town, a majority of dwellings and flats only had access to it between 6 and 9 in the morning and 18 and 21 hours. Now – theoretically – you can have it on tap the whole day, but there are still exceptions.

 There are many reasons for it – geography first, because Lviv lies on a water divide, a not very efficient water pipe system second. A big factor in water insufficiency is also the dynamic growth of Lviv’s population after the second world war (from 300 thousand to 800 thousand), an experiment in turning the city into an industrial one and a failed attempt at building an system of underground trains.

Although there is so little water, the average consumption per inhabitant is higher than – for exemple – in Lublin!. Most inhabitants will “save” water in the morning, save enough for a whole day in the bathtub, and in the evening what is left will be let go, only to repeat the process the next day.

 Of course water problems not only hit private inhabitants, they are an issue for institutions, offices and hotels. The cleverer ones will amass water in containers, and in lower class hotels buckets with a small pot are positioned in toilets to flush.

This saving and presence of water in bathtubs and other vessels leads to heightened moisture in the bathrooms, which often results in mushrooms and fungi growing on and in the walls. In the older buildings there never was any heating in the bathrooms, so the cold tap water is being heated mostly with gas, with some of the contraptions many decades old.

Another “Lviv’s invention” is a charge for used toilet paper. The old, unmaintained canalization will get stuffed fairly often.

(source: http://lwow.info/woda-i-warunki-sanitarne/)


 Human creativity has no limits, though. When there is no water one can paint fish, when a primeval forest disappears one can paint trees. If a country’s law is broken and destroyed – a cynical manipulator may yell that it never existed. But – are we sure we want to live in such a surreal world?