Mural “Books”

Mural Utrecht Marta Piatkowska marzec 2019.jpgArtist: Jan Is De Man, Deef Feed Utrecht, Netherlanden (Photo: Jan Is De Man, March, 2019)

 Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed have asked people from the neighborhood to hand in their most precious book so that he can process it in this mural.
After a week of hard work they have finished an interactive wall painting, on which many nationalities and different tastes regarding literature are shown in a closet.

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On 31.03.2019 Catholic priests in Poland have burned books that they say promote sorcery, including one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in a ceremony they photographed and posted on Facebook.

Three priests in the northern city of Koszalin were pictured carrying the books in a large basket from inside a church to a stone area outside. The books were set alight as prayers were said and a small group of people watched on. A mask, various trinkets and a Hello Kitty umbrella were also visible in the pictures of the makeshift bonfire.

more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/harry-potter-among-books-burned-by-priests-in-poland?

“Where books burn, soon people will also burn.”

-Heinrich Heine-

Books are a source of knowledge. Knowledge gives power. I express my loud protest against any attempts to discourage the society from asking questions and having own independent unindoctrinated worldview. Knowledge rescues life – imbecility deprives it.

 

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“Belle”

 

Sculptor: Els Rijerse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (photo: Jolanta Kruszka, May 2017)

Amsterdam’s Red Light District is home to a bronze statue in honor of prostitutes around the world. It is the first and only such monument anywhere.

The statue was unveiled during the Red Light District’s 2nd Annual Open Day, March 31, 2007.

Titled Belle, the statue depicts a full-breasted woman who, feet apart and standing in a doorway at the top of small set of steps, looks self-assuredly into the world. It was created by artist Els Rijerse from ‘s-Graveland, Netherlands.

The bronze sculpture — which stands on Oudekerksplein in front of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest church — was designed at the initiative of Mariska Majoor. Majoor, herself a former prostitute, runs the Prostitution Information Center which is located at the same square.

According to Majoor the statue is meant to show respect to the millions of people around the world who earn their money in prostitution work. In order to prevent vandalism, the statue is fortified with steel. Belle is perched atop a high, granite pedestal meant to deter those who engage in so-called ‘wildplassen’ (urinating in public).

(source: http://www.dutchamsterdam.nl)

The “Belle” monument was the witness of many marriage proposals, wedding ceremonies or show of wedding dresses from one of the fashion designers.

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So how is with this love, free choice, respect for the other person and his sexuality, the right to decide about herself/himself and her/his body regardless of sex, color of skin, religion or profession she/he performs? One Europe and seems like two worlds. February 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day 😉

“The bas relief of breasts”

23798748_2168406453185467_950321182_oArtist: Unknown Sculptor (US), Amsterdam, Netherlands (Photo: Jolanta Kruszka, May 2017)

The bas relief of breasts was made by the famous Amsterdam sculptor, the Unknown Sculptor (US). It has been built into a sidewalk at one night in 1993. Made of bronze, it is one of the remarkable Amsterdam works made by the Unknown Sculptor (US).

It has been speculated for years about US’s identity. Some thought him to be one of the old masters, but he – after many years of gossip – denied it. The City office once said US was a doctor. Still, the strongest path leads to queen Beatrix (a duchess now, after stepping down from the throne in favour of her son, Willem Alexander). Her talents are well known. Offering such important objects of art to the city (not only artistic but also very expensive, probably the reason why US could keep hers/his anonymity) requires not only experts and permissions, but also a lot of infrastructure for the installation.

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Why does the “rotten West” see in women a human being, mother, daughter, wife, lover? Who are not only due respect but also require protection under the law, since they are usually physically weaker than men and are more often victims of physical violence.

Unfortunately, according to the pseudo- catholics of Poland, a woman is a live incubator, without any rights and any self-determination.  Is it perhaps a set of very deeply set complexes which makes it so hard for some men to understand that they may perhaps rule over socks, but not shape the family life of another human being? When someone accuses me of supporting the murder of unborn – I say: When you don’t know what to do, occupy yourself with your yard.