I assumed the alter ego of a creature called Alain the Alien before proceeding to startle train passengers, knock on random doors, emerge from bushes and hand out Martian masks to local kids. Rarely have I been the subject of such love and fear, and yes, I absolutely loved it.
The report by Eurostat shows that Poland out-spent countries such as Italy, France, Spain and the UK, proportionally, on cultural services including supporting national monuments, funding for museums, theatres and art programmes.
Seeking to arouse feelings of respect while giving a clear message to future generations, the team behind it chose to meet the challenge by designing “monumental glass casts” in which “silhouettes of soldiers on a 1:1 scale would be placed in cuboids”.
The building at 126 Chmielna Street is not only a rare reminder of what central Warsaw looked like before the war, but also bears the scars of the city’s 20th century history.
As world marks International Monuments Day, TFN looks at some of Poland’s finest.
Standing 23 metres high, the monument will be a type of obelisk known as a gnomon, the part of the sundial that casts the shadow and the top of the monument will bear the date “1920”.
Fearing that the monument of King Jan III Sobieski leading hussars into battle during the Siege of Vienna may be perceived as anti-Turkish, Vienna mayor Michael Ludwig said that it was not an appropriate time to erect military monuments – despite a long-term plan to have it on the capital’s Kahlenberg hill.
Cities are living, breathing places, with their architecture bearing witness to some of the most dramatic moments in history. With over 80 places of historic value now being added to the register, TFN takes a look at some of the new entries and the stories behind them.
It may have survived fire and Nazi bombs but the Baryczkowski Crucifix is in dire need of a bit of tender loving care.
Planned to be the tallest statue ever built in Poland, following the outbreak of WWII it remained hidden in a museum basement, until now.