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Recently Ourania noted that street signs had featured in several of my photos from Poland. So here is another one, although I'm not sure whether this should rather be called a "river sign".

I could also dedicate this photo to Malgo (emka) who said that she was surprised to see the photos I had chosen to show from Poland. I am sure this is another surprise. Malgo also told me to show the photos I personally like, regardless if they will be appreciated by others. This belongs to that category of personal favourites that won't please many others.

I was walking along the northern bank of the Wisła (Vistula) river on my first afternoon in Kraków, southern Poland, when I saw this strange and fairly original sculpture. With the additions of the bright sign and the woman sitting near the water this was to me a picture I just couldn't miss. I had no idea what the pig was supposed to mean, and I am not much wiser after reading about it on the internet.

The sculpture is by the Kraków artist Mateusz Okoński and it is called Purification. It was made for an art show a couple of years ago and is said to symbolize "the pathos of Krakow/...,/ its processionality, surrounding itself with traditions, a sacrificial stake"..

I also found this:

"Mateusz Okoński, a Krakow-based artist, has issued a challenge to his city’s inhabitants – instead of following the local “tradition” and putting up another horrid monument, he offered a realistic sculpture presenting a dead boar at the stake. He located it in a place full of various meanings: in the vicinity of national sanctities – St. Stanislaus Church at Skałka and the church at Wawel, between two former abodes of the Jewish population – Kazimierz and Podgórze, in the area of the former municipal slaughter-house, which is currently a shopping gallery, on the water that purifies both literally and metaphorically and evokes the topic of passing and change and, finally, on the concrete pillar of the Wanda well, which was a water intake for the formerly existing power plant".

Kraków is the tourist centre of Poland and there are lots of photos from the city on TE, but as far as I can see this is the first of this particular monument. It makes me feel I am being part of an avantgarde :-).

Here is a larger version.

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