“Monument of Anonymous Passerby”

nieznany przechodzien fot Ryszard Szpytman 31.07.2018Wrocław Świdnicka St., Poland (photo: Ryszard Szpytman, 2018)

The prototype of the monument was an installation by Jerzy Kalina from 1977 “The Crossing” (hence the installation at Świdnicka is often called this), set in Warsaw at Świętokrzyska and Mazowiecka Streets. Created for the purposes of the television program, it was dismantled and then went to the National Museum in Wrocław for 28 years. The monument, in which the plaster statues replaced the bronze figures, was unveiled on the night of 12 to 13 December 2005 on the 24th anniversary of the imposition of martial law. Hence, it is sometimes indicated that it symbolizes changes that have taken place in Poland since that time; other interpretation puts the emphasis on commemorating the difficult times of martial law and making anonymous people who fought communism, going underground.

Monument of Anonymous Passerby consists of fourteen bronze figures of human life size, standing on both sides of Świdnicka Street in the place where it crosses Piłsudskiego Street. It has already permanently been incorporated into Świdnicka and Wrocław streets. However, it is appreciated not only by the residents – in 2011, it was included in the list of the 15 most beautiful places in Poland prepared by Newsweek magazine, and the American magazine “Budget Travel” recognized the installation as one of the most unusual places in the world

(source: https://www.wroclaw.pl/pomnik-anonimowego-przechodnia, wikipedia)

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