VIDEO: Nearly two decades after Stefan Dymiter’s death, artist Arkadiusz Andrejkow has celebrated the musician’s legacy by reviving a decrepit bus stop in the place of Dymiter’s birth.
Covering 26-floors, spanning an area of 2,000 sq/m, and reaching 78-metres in height, the work in the heart of the city on the side of a residential complex commonly known as Manhattan, will feature Geralt of Rivia as its principal character.
President of Polish State Railways, Krzysztof Mamiński said: “This is an important ceremony for Polish State Railways, for Kraków and for Poland.”
Designed to look like a page of advertisements in a newspaper, with individual boxes advertising different food places around the capital, the mural from Good Looking Studio takes up the whole side of a building.
The brainchild of artist Barbara Gortat from Fundacja Tu Brzoza, the ‘Folk Stops’ project transforms village bus stops into colourful galleries of art with reproductions of famous paintings from the Young Poland art movement.
Authored by the acclaimed Tytus Brzozowski, the mural – in the heart of the former Jewish district – pays tribute to the lost inhabitants, buildings and customs.
Featuring a mural of a tree as well as a dozen bird boxes attached to the wall, the pioneering project was specifically designed to slot seamlessly into the city’s aesthetic fabric whilst also fulfilling a more practical role as a safe haven for birds.
Rumoured to be the tallest mural in the country, the artwork will eventually be joined by eight others in Poznań.
More than just an artistic work, the wall could have a long-term positive impact on the environment and local people’s health.
Reputed to be the world’s largest “gallery” of outdoor murals, over sixty now decorate the once tomb-like blocks of Zaspa drawing tourists, TV crews and journalists from around the globe.