ŁÓDŹ, POLAND STREET ART: FIRST TIME’S A CHARM

I spent 4 days in this cool little city in September of this year and found as much street art, “organically,” as I could. By “organic,” I mean…explore the city on foot with no expectations and see what I could come across. I much prefer to document a city’s art this way, rather than researching addresses and trying to find particular murals. I’m sure that sounds odd, but it’s the way I like to do it. Please enjoy ~

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“Enjoy the Silence,” a collaboration between Etam Cru & Robert Proch. Address: Sienkiewicza 81
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Collaboration between Aryz and Os Gemeos. Address: Roosevelta 5
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Artist: Nunca. Address: Narutowicza 25
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Arthur Rubinstein by Kobra. Address: Sienkiewicza 18 

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The Cat Lady by Polish artist Raspazjan. Address: Sienkiewicza 39
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Artist: OPIEMME. This colorful mural was made in collaboration with locals who threw 300 bags of paint on the piece. Address: Stefana Jaracza 20
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The largest mural in Lodz. Street art version of the city of Lodz, created by Meisal & Bary.  Address: Piotrkowska 152
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French artists Frédéric Zoer and Matthieu Velvet. Address: Sienkiewicza 71
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“Bang!” by Etam Cru and SatOne. Address: al. Kościuszki 27

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Polish artist M-city.Industrial Mural. Address: 
Tuwima 16 
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“Primavera” by Artist: Sainer. Address: ul. Uniwersytecka 12
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“Wave” by DALeast. Address: ul. Pomorska 92
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Italian Artist AweR. Address: ul. Pomorska 93
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Spanish Artist Gonzalo BORONDO. Address: ul. Pomorska 67
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“Woman in Bath” by Aryz. Address: ul. Pomorska 67
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“The Second Life of a Factory” by Andrzej Poprostu. Address: ul. Pomorska 79
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“Sentir (to feel)” by Puerto Rican artist: Alexis Diaz. Address: ul. Kilińskiego 26
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“Abstract II” by Spanish artist: Kenor. Address: 
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“The Vision of St. Dominic I.” Address: ul. Pomorska 22

 

September 2018. Lodz, Poland.

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WROCŁAW , POLAND 🇵🇱: PRZEJSCIE a.k.a. TRANSITION

On the pavements at the intersection of Pilsudskiego and Swidnicka streets, Polish artist Jerzy Kalina installed a total of 14 life-like statues–seven people descending into the ground on one end of the junction and seven people emerging from the ground on the adjacent corner.

The public art installation called Przejscie, translated as Passage or Transition was installed at the cross streets in December 2005 to mark the 24th anniversary of when martial law was introduced in Poland (December 13, 1981). It was a time when many ordinary civilians were killed and went missing, which is reflected by the descending pedestrians who disappear into the Earth. The imposing method of military ruling was lifted in 1983, as echoed by the rise of the ordinary man on the opposite side of the street. The installation provides a visual representation of time and power. https://mymodernmet.com/jerzy-kalina-passage-transition/

Creator: Gross, Frederic (gable)

Date: 1587-1592 (gable)

The Griffin House (Dom Pod Gryfami) on the western side of Wroclaw’s Rynek has one of the square’s tallest perimeter facades, built in the Flemish Renaissance style. (info from PSU Library)

Wrocław 1945

Śląsk supporters call themselves Nobles from Wrocław (Polish: Szlachta z Wrocławia). In the 1980s many of the football ⚽️ club’s fans were active in the Solidarity and Fighting Solidarity movement which were fighting the communist regime in Poland. (Wiki)

23/24sep18. Wrocław, Poland 🇵🇱

KRAKÓW , POLAND 🇵🇱 STREET ART & GRAFFITI: I’M HAPPY AGAIN

A stencil of the iconic image of Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain (“I’m happy again!”) has even here since the spring of 2014.

Entitled ‘Judah,’ this large mural by Pil Peled – one of Israel’s most famous street artists – was created in July 2013 as part of the Jewish Culture Festival. According to the artist, the image of the child represents fear, vulnerability and the inner child, and the lion represents the Jews’ struggle to survive and preserve their culture, as well as the strength to overcome their fears. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/judah_120346v

Created by the artist Broken Fingaz, this large-scale mural was created during the 2014 edition of Kraków’s Jewish Culture Festival. The mural takes inspiration from well-known art nouveau era artist Maurice Lilien – a native of Drohobycz (now in Ukraine) and graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts – and is dedicated to the memory of the Bosaków family who built the building and lived there through the generations for 400 years, before relocating to Israel after World War II. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/plac-bawol-3_136577v

This mural by Piotr Janowczyk was installed outside Pub Wręga in autumn of 2015 as part of the Kazimierz Historical Murals (Kazimierskie murale historyczne) project. Featuring five portraits of Polish historical figures – namely, (from left to right) Emperor Józef Hapsburg II, Helena Rubinstein (born in the district), Karol Knaus (local architect, artist and conservator), Esterka (the lover of King Kazimierz the Great), and finally King Kazimierz the Great himself. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/kazimierz-historical-mural_140658v

20sep18 Kraków Poland 🇵🇱

KRAKÓW , POLAND: Niedoskonałość jest doskonała (Imperfection is Perfect)

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Pierogi ruskie topped with fried onion (filled with cottage cheese and potatoes) 
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The Battle of Grunwald, fought between the joint armies of Poland and Lithuania against the Teutonic Knights on July 15, 1410, is considered to be one of the greatest battles ever to take place in medieval Europe. A defining moment in Polish history, the battle was immortalised in Kraków with the unveiling of this weighty monument in front of an estimated 160,000 people on the 500th anniversary of the event in 1910. Antoni Wiwulski’s (1877-1919) original masterpiece was, not surprisingly, destroyed by the occupying Nazis during WWII and the copy that now stands in its place dates from 1976, having been faithfully reproduced using sketches and models of the original. At the top on his horse is the King of Poland Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint army. The dead man at the front is Urlich von Jungingen, the Teutonic Order’s Grand Master, who lost his life during the battle. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/grunwald-monument_21891v

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Street musicians (Muzycy uliczni)
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Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (also known as Saint Mary’s Church; Polish: Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Kościół Mariacki) is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. Standing 80 m (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz).
On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of Saint Mary’s two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city. The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary%27s_Basilica,_Kraków

19sep2018. Krakow, Poland.

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the ever-popular antique horse-drawn carriages that line the market square
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Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Kraków, (Polish: pomnik Adama Mickiewicza w Krakowie), is one of the best known bronze monuments in Poland, and a favourite meeting place at the Main Market Square in the Old Town (Stare Miasto) district of Kraków.
The statue of Adam Mickiewicz, the greatest Polish Romantic poet of the 19th century, was unveiled on June 16, 1898. (wiki)There’s a fascinating history behind the monument which is as interesting as the statue is recognizable. One of the most curious facts is that Adam Mickiewicz had never actually been to Krakow. His remains arrived to the city posthumously in 1890. This was 35 years after his death in Istanbul in a cholera epidemic in 1855. Meanwhile in the same year, the remains of the poet are put onto a ship, which transports him to France, before finally burying him in Paris. After transporting the remains to Krakow in 1890, the great Pole poet was put to rest in the crypt of the Wawel Cathedral. http://www.absolutetours.com/blog/adam-mickiewicz-monument/
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Cafe Culture (Kultura kawiarni)

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ŁÓDŹ , POLAND 🇵🇱: SANDBOX

Józef Pilsudski ~ viewed as a father of the Second Polish Republic re-established in 1918.

Artist: DALeast

Artist: Victor Puzin

18sep18 Lodz, Poland 🇵🇱

ŁÓDŹ (pronounced “WOODGE”), POLAND 🇵🇱: “I AM ANOTHER”

Freedom fighter Tadeusz Kościuszko. Pl. Wolności (Freedom Square.)

WASK.

“I am another.”

“We are under protection, i.e. defenseless.”

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral ~ An Orthodox Church built at the end of the 19th century. The Cathedral was financed by the most prominent factory owners at that time, Karl Scheibler, Izrael Poznanski and Luliusz Kunitzer (none of whom were actually Orthodox Christians), to celebrate the miraculous survival of Russian Emperor Alexander II from an assassination attempt in 1879. (Poland was a part of Russia at the time). https://theculturetrip.com/europe/poland/articles/the-top-10-things-to-do-and-see-in-lodz/

16sep18. Lodz, Poland 🇵🇱

WARSAW , POLAND 🇵🇱 STREET ART & GRAFFITI: KOCHAJ SASIADA (LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR)

Artist: 1010 IG: @1010zzz

Artist: Simpson

“in the village of Kamien, he was elected King Henry of Valois.” ~ Henry III (19 September 1551 – 2 August 1589; born Alexandre Édouard de France, Polish: Henryk Walezy, Lithuanian: Henrikas Valua) was King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1573 to 1575 and King of France from 1574 until his death. Henry was the thirteenth king from the House of Valois, the sixth from the Valois-Orléans branch, the fifth from the Valois-Orléans-Angoulême branch, and the last male of his dynasty. (Wiki)

Created in 2010 to mark the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (The Year of Chopin, marking his birthday in 1810). The piece shows the composer in the company of people, objects and stories connected with his life – George Sand, tourists/Chopinologists, Napoleon Bonaparte as well as the planetoid (3784 Chopin) named after him. The artwork was designed by Marcin Urbanek, although the creation of the piece was a collective effort by many artists. https://www.inyourpocket.com/warsaw/chopin-mural_152838v

Artist: Michal Sepe. IG: @sepeusz

15sep18 Warsaw, Poland 🇵🇱

WARSAW, POLAND 🇵🇱: THE “ANCHOR”

The anchor emblem seen on walls throughout the city, indicate significant locations for the Uprising of 1944. More information below the next photo.

So what does an anchor have to do with fighting Nazis?  The Kotwica is actually more than an anchor, as the figure is an amalgam of the letters P and W, which take on a number of meanings when associated with the Polish Home Army’s (AK) fight to retake Warsaw.  Starting in 1942, members of the Polish underground “Wawer Minor” sabotage unit started using “PW” to signify “Pomścimy Wawer” (“We Shall Avenge Wawer”).  The Wawer Massacre of December 26-27, 1939 was one of the first massacres of Poles in occupied Poland, and its memory fueled the opposition in Warsaw.  The meaning of “PW” was soon expanded to include “Polska Walcząca” (“Fighting Poland”).

“PW” increasingly appeared in the city as a “signature” on acts of resistance and sabotage; and in 1942 the AK put out a call to design an emblem that could be easily printed.  A design that combined the P and W into an anchor – the Kotwica – was submitted by Anna Smoleńska (code name “Hania”) and was chosen as the symbol of the underground.  Smoleńska, an art history student at the underground University of Warsaw, was arrested in November of 1942 and died in Auschwitz in March 1943 at the age of 23.  Thought she did not live to see an independent Warsaw, the symbol she created endured though the war and beyond. https://culture.pl/en/article/decoding-warsaw-a-guide-to-the-citys-sights-and-symbols

Why the “Mermaid of Warsaw?”

One legend claims “long, long ago” two sirens swam from the Atlantic Ocean to the Baltic Sea.  One sister stopped in the Danish straits and can to this day be seen by those visiting the port of Copenhagen.  The other sister (clearly the one with more discerning taste) kept swimming until she reached Gdansk, where she then turned to follow the Wisla into the heart of Poland.  Reaching what is today Warsaw, she decided she had found a home and stopped at the shore to rest.  It wasn’t long after her arrival that local fishermen began noticing someone was tangling their nets and releasing the fish.  Though it meant a loss of livelihood, the fishermen were so enchanted by the siren’s song that they never caught her.  That is, until a wealthy merchant realized he could make a profit showing off the siren at fairs.  He captured the Wisla siren and locked her away in a shed.  The siren’s plaintive cries were heard by a young farmhand, who with the help of his friends, returned her to the river.  Grateful to her rescuers, the siren vowed to help them in times of need.  The siren of Warsaw is thus armed, waiting with sword and shield to make good on her promise and defend the city.

A second tale again highlights the mermaid as the armed defender of the city, though with a different origin story.  This one claims that “in ancient times” a griffin defended the city.  The griffin would often accompany local fishermen to the Baltic, and on one such journey he spotted a mermaid.  It was love at first sight, and the mythical pair returned to live happily in Warsaw – until the griffin was mortally wounded during the Swedish invasion.  As the siege of Warsaw raged around her, the mermaid picked up the arms of her dying lover and joined the defense of the city.  In gratitude of her service and sacrifice, the people of Warsaw honored her by placing her image on the city’s coat of arms. https://culture.pl/en/article/decoding-warsaw-a-guide-to-the-citys-sights-and-symbols

Warsaw Spire.

Sigismund’s Column (Polish: Kolumna Zygmunta), originally erected in 1644, is located in Castle Square, Warsaw, Poland and is one of Warsaw‘s most famous landmarks. The column and statue commemorate King Sigismund III Vasa, who in 1596 had moved Poland‘s capital from Kraków to Warsaw.(Wiki)

Presidential Palace. Construction started in 1643. Bertel Thorvaldsen‘s statue of Prince Józef Poniatowski in front.

The Royal Castle in Warsaw (Polish: Zamek Królewski w Warszawie) is a castle residency that formerly served throughout the centuries as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. The personal offices of the king and the administrative offices of the Royal Court of Poland were located there from the sixteenth century until the Partitions of Poland.(Wiki)

The Stadium.

Old Town.

13-15sep18. Warsaw Poland 🇵🇱

WARSAW , POLAND STREET ART & GRAFFITI: “REWOLUCJA”

Artist Michal Warecki

Kamienico = “My Little House.”

Revolution

14sep18 Warsaw, Poland 🇵🇱

WARSAW , POLAND 🇵🇱: DUSZA POLSKI

The Soul of Poland is indestructible (Dusza Polski jest niezniszczalna.)

A display in a bookshop window.

A man descends into the underground Metro after work.

A group stops by one of the dozen or so benches in the city that play Chopin music 🎵 🎼 for passersby.

Mały Powstaniec (the “Little Insurrectionist”) is a statue in commemoration of the child soldiers who fought and died during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It is located on Podwale Street, next to the ramparts of Warsaw’s Old Town. The statue is of a young boy wearing a helmet too large for his head and holding a submachine gun. It is reputed to be of a fighter who went by the pseudonym of “Antek”, and was killed on 8 August 1944 at the age of 13. The helmet and submachine gun are stylized after German equipment, which was captured during the uprising and used by the resistance fighters against the occupying forces. (Wiki)

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Europe during World War II.

14sep18. Warsaw, Poland 🇵🇱