The three symbols that I notice in Wrcolaw
Wrocław is the historical capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia. If you want not to forget this city forever, you have to see three symbols which this city shows you in its town. Did ever you heard ‘The train to Heaven’, ‘Passage’ and ‘The dwarf’? They cover each meaning which is contained by its’ sculpture.
The train to Heaven
I heard the meaning of Wroclaw from someone. It is too impressive for me to forget it. That is a “The Gate of Heaven”. But I couldn’t clarify if its origin of the word means right “the gate of the heaven”. I Just could find the fact that there has been a sculpture called “the train to heaven “ in Wroclaw.
There are many old and historic church in the town in Wroclaw. Tourist may wonder why they build such many churches. As far as I know, most churches of Europe are just for tourist and there the Catholic Mass is not held anymore. Sometimes even we can see it changed to a Cafeteria. But It is easy to see that the praise of God is sprayed from the church in Wroclaw. One day, when I came across the train forward the sky, “The Gate of Heaven” went through my brain. Automatically my brain matched this sculpture with Wroclaw. But I found out that this sculpture is called “The train to Heaven” and it’s meaning is as below.
“The concept of the installation refers to the rich tradition of the locomotive industry that grew rapidly in the area of Wroclaw. Artistic styling of the locomotive and its history connects the past(area of the old locomotive factory) to its future.
For sure the “ Train To Heaven” is building the next stop on the artistic city map.
How do you find it?
“Train to Heaven” installation is located on Plac Strzegomski. You can either walk there from the center or jump on the bus, take 2~3 stops and get out of on Plac Strzegomski stop. You will easily spot it as it is placed in the center of the square.” (the source: https://getlostprojectblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/places-to-check-in-wroclaw-poland/)
When you walk the streets of Wroclaw you might encounter the mystical looking status of people coming out of the ground. I ever took a picture of my child. I thought this status was a good place to do it. Those days, I didn’t understand what this status means. This monument is placed on the street, where there are many foot passengers. About 40 years ago, the citizens of Wroclaw rose against anticommunism and here now they still stand.
“ The bronze monument was installed in December 2005 to coincide with the 24th anniversary of the onset of martial law in Communist Poland. From December 1981 to July 1983, the authoritarian government imposed restrictive laws on everyday citizens to quash the burgeoning anti-Communist political opposition groups.
Symbolically, martial law drove people underground in fear, and many were arrested in the middle of the night and disappeared. The pedestrians rising out of the sidewalk on the other side of the street is believed to represent the re-emergence of Polish citizens when martial law was lifted in 1983. Notably, the monument is based on a temporary piece by Kalina installed in Warsaw in 1977, so the martial law symbolism would have been added in for the new version. “ (source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/przejscie-passage)
Nowadays, Wroclaw is a university city with a student population of over 130,000, making it one of the most youthful cities in the country. It is likely for us to pass by without noticing it.
The dwarf in Wroclaw
This status is one of the things that tourist most often find. They find their interesting to find it when they walk on the path and on the square. Each dwarf has its’ special feature, very variously.
It appears with keyword “Wroclaw” in the searching web engine of Korea. It announces that the dwarf of Wroclaw is famous to Korean tourist.
“ Back in the 80’s, communism was still present in Poland and police were very strict about any sort of secret meeting and manifestation against the ruling regime. Luckily, a group of eccentric individuals began a movement called the Orange Alternative. Eventually, the movement succeeded in planting the seeds of peaceful opposition and now there is a relatively big statue of a dwarf (called Papa Dwarf by the locals) standing in Wroclaw and funded by the modern-day government of Poland.
Yes, this is the first time in human history where a government erects a statue honoring an anarchist group. Say hello to Papa Dwarf! “
Say Hello to Papa Dwarf!