Sculptor: Jaroslav Róna, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Peter Georg Kożdoń, Mai 2018)
Jaroslav Róna, who also created the Franz Kafka statue nearby, is a rather prolific surrealist sculptor. In the 1980s he helped found the Czech art group Tvrdohlaví (The Stubborn). He built Podobenství s Lebkou, aka “Parable with Skull” in 1993, a bronze sculpture of a beggar weighed down by a large skull resides on a thick slab of aging wood.
The sculpture used to be found at the eastern end of the Golden Lane by Prague Castle’s Daliborka Tower, where Dalibor of Kozojedy, known as the Robin Hood of Czechia, was said to have played the violin while waiting out his days.
Parable with Skull is based on one of Kafka’s characters—the “beggar, who, with the death rattle already in his throat, insists on dying on the doorstep” from The Bucket Rider. The sculpture tends to intrigue and even confuse those who visit the castle without prior knowledge of Róna’s surrealist works. There’s also a surprise at the rear end of the statue: the beggar’s dangling bronze testicles are displayed quite prominently, often shocking admirers of the piece.
Prague is a city known for its strange public sculptures, and Róna’s are among the strangest, but Parable with Skull isn’t a public work. To see the strange crawling man, one must pay admission to tour Prague Castle.
Elections to the European Parliament will take place on 26th May. Let us not be like this beggar and let us not to allow the democracy in Poland to die on the doorstep of our home, which is a united Europe. Let us go to elections and vote for wise and responsible people. Enough demagogy and manipulation!
Artist: Michal Trpak, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Peter Georg Kozdon, Mai 2018)
This sculpture, located at the crossroad of Na zbořenci and Odborů in the Praga district called Nové Město, is part of bigger composition “Slight Uncertainty” done by Michal Trpák. In his installation artist puts a philosophical spin on the Mary Poppins flight by umbrella. The piece features many cement figures hanging dearly onto open umbrellas in a rainbow’s spectrum of colors, all of the individuals floating in an atrium-type space in the EBC office center in Prague. Uncertainty rests in the state of being, whether these figures are anticipating a rise – or even descent – with excitement or perhaps dread. The contrast of the heavy, material concrete contrasts the situational lightness captured by the installation. One thing that is certain: the dreamlike, thought-provoking, and inspirational effect of the colorful umbrellas.
Today is the International Women’s Day. To all women and the men standing by their side, strength and perseverance in the fight for their rights.
Jan of Tarnov with his son Jan; Jan Wagner; Bardejov, Slovakia (photo: Gosia Sachse, 18.08.2017)
The „Urban“ church bell
The original bell was made from older material in 1584 and was cast by a bell maker Jan of Tarnov and his son Jan. The latin inscription of the bell shows that it was duping during the reign of Rudolf II in 1685. The bell cracked and an unknown bell-maker recast it in its original form. The bell diameter is 162 cm. Its height without the headpiece is 135 cm and it weighs 4000 kg
The „Jan“ church bell
A gothic church bell from 1486. The old German inscription on the bell says that it was made by master Jan Wagner of Spišská Nová Ves, to honour the Lord, the Virgin Mary and Saint Giles. The Bell is 140 cm. in diameter and 120 cm. tall (without its headpiece), and it weighs 2200 kg. It was cast right in Bardejov, and served the church and the town continuously until 1990
14.01.2019 at 14:30 The big heart stopped and everything died away … The second heart on the news about it burst and the world became silent …
To memorize of the tragically deceased President of my beloved city of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz (*02.11.1965 – †14.01.2019)
The Sound of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‚Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
„Fools” said I, „You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, „The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Sculptor: František Vitásek, Frymburk, Czech Republic (Photo: Małgorzata Sachse, maj 2018)
The sculpture was made as part of the project “Together for Children” from 04-07/08/2014.
Rumcajs robber (org. O loupežníku Rumcajsovi) – a Czechoslovak animated series for children, based on a series of novels by Václav Čtvrtek. The series consisted of 39 episodes, its continuation was a new series called Cypisek – the son of robber Rumcajs from 1972.
The series tells about the vicissitudes of robber Rumcajs from the forest of Laholce and his family – wife Hanka and son Cypisek. The main theme of the series is the conflict between the robber and the Prince, who lives in the castle in the nearby town named Jiczyn.
In the Czech original fairytale, the wife of robber Rumcajs is named Manka.
I love such robbers as they fearlessly defend their freedom and punished dishonest “princes”.
Wrocław 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)
Difficult times are coming … Let us not waste the efforts and achievements of our ancestors
Sculptor: Michał Batkiewicz, Olsztyn near Częstochowa (photo: René Sachse, 04.05.2016)
Outdoor sculptures by Michał Batkiewicz – a world-famous artist whose works are also known in the USA, Brazil and Canada – appeared in 03.04.2016 on the market square in Olsztyn near Czestochowa.
Over six meters, silvery clowns, taking different poses, create an exhibition entitled “Giggle of life.” One of the characters has a motion sensor that activates the circus melody.
History comes full circle and once again – as a hundred years ago – populists became populare and listened. You, who are reading this, remain faithful to reason and common sense. Do not let clowns to decide about your life.
Sculptor: Vahan Bego, Jelenia Góra, Poland (Photo: Mirosław Długasiewicz, 25.03.2018)
The sculpture is located on the square, at Pocztowa St. and 1 Maja Street. It is made of black steel in metalwork technology. It presents Europe on a bull. The author of the sculpture is Armenian sculptor Vahan Bego, who emigrated to Poland in 1993, fleeing war. The monument was funded by the president of the city of Jelenia Góra on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union on 1 May 2014.
“Kidnapping of Europe” is an epic tale of the love of divine Zeus to an earth woman. A story about man’s struggle with destiny and is up in arms against the will of the gods. It was inspired by Thebes myths about the power of love and germinating hope among the evil. Vahan Bego said that the mythological subject of the kidnapping of Europe well refers to the present day.
(quelle: http://www.polskaniezwykla.pl, https://dolny-slask.org.pl)
Bardejov, Slovakia (fot. Gosia Sachse (Glowacka), 18.08.2017)
A monument to memorize the heroes who offered their lives for freedom.
A woman with a rose in her hand is worse than a plague – she will wrap you around her finger, lead to a white fever, and suddenly freeze you with one word.
A woman with a white rose is a guarantee of the end of the government’s duodenum.
Sopot (next to the Georgian restaurant), Poland (photo Arkadiusz Lewandowski, 09.2015)
“The world is on its head. The vampire will teach me how to deal with people.”
Andrzej Sapkowski (from the book “Baptism of Fire”)
To paraphrase: Today an old bachelor wants me to impose a model of a family I have to have, although he never had one himself,
The priest wants to teach me how to love my husband / boyfriend, even though he himself has made the vows of purity in theory, so there is no point in it,
The offender makes law,
Multiple liar and thief teaches morals,
Old lady, whose best years of her life have gone long time ago, wants to rummage in my pants, peek under my quilt, decide what my family should look like,
A doctor who has carried hundreds if not thousands of abortions today is a roaring enemy of it,
The idiot governs the country and the sociaty instead of blow him away in an unfathomable history applaud him and call him “Chief of State”.
The government wants to punish the deaths of rapists judged by courts of other countries, and indigenous criminals for the same offenses are allowed to go free.
Sopot (next to the Georgian restaurant), Poland (photo Arkadiusz Lewandowski, 10.2016)
“Something pulls us down to the ground
Fo the slightest mistake.
We pay with the things the world has given us.
How to move on from here?
I do not look down
At the tenuous rope I hold on to your hands
And wise words.
Do not look down,
Because I believe
That we’ve got a strength
To go ahead
Go, and don’t let them break you
Don’t you ever stop, keep going
A tenuous thread we’re stepping on
was woven for us
Below us odds multipled
Go on ahead
Do not look down.”
(“I do not look down” Natalia Szroeder, Liber Feat)
October 3, 2017 – “Black Tuesday” – Be invincible! Never stop, go!