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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emka (100793) 2014-07-26 7:20
Hi Gert, Hahaha, it is a surprise, I have never seen it and I love this picture. You couldn't arrange it all better. Already the boar is very funny but with the girl sitting in the clover and two ducks to accompany the main subject, it is just perfect. you are part of avantgarde for sure :).
and superb colours, sharpness and all that stuff.
It is not hot in Warsaw. In fact there were many showers lately and only today the weather is a bit better.
I can't stop laughing looking at this. Thanks!!
bema (26425) 2014-07-26 7:33
really a lot to be seen in this curious capture; but i like it a lot, great secenery and well rendered picture..
thanks for sharing, see you around,
mohammad_H (10034) 2014-07-26 7:38
The picture quality is excellent and spectacular
Eye-catching and lovely
A good resolution
Have a nice day
Nicou (145114) 2014-07-26 7:39
génial compo et vue quelle image de ce cochon sur ce rafiau superbe et la personnage assise sur l'herbe très original compo splendide.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (55574) 2014-07-26 7:44
Bold image and full of surprises, good poses and lively composition that puts your point across very well indeed. This is good observation in the first place, an ideal for candid as she seems totally unaware of her surroundings and well juxtapositioned to that catchy miss piggy waiting to be roasted! but wonder if she is earwigging. It is indeed a lovely humorous and compelling image with lovely splashes of colour against the stark water. You give everyone a smile who look at them, Congrats
ourania (47784) 2014-07-26 8:05
this is an amazing find and you really made the most of it. You included three intriguing elements in the frame and placed them ideally but their relationship is still awkward, a characteristic I find most attractive since it makes your photo a challenging and amusing puzzle:) The colours are very attractive, the light is fine and the textures are quite normal but still, the wonder and smile won't go away. I love your note too and the part of the extract that says "instead of following the local “tradition” and putting up another horrid monument, he offered a realistic sculpture presenting a dead boar at the stake" :) Congratulations and thank you so much!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-26 8:21
Your POV is great including the sign, girl and sculpture. The angle of the shot is nice creating a nice sense of direction. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness.
rychem (38095) 2014-07-26 8:43
I've never seen this modern sculpture, it looks like a raft flowing into the sea, and the sign prohibits to moor along the bank. Interesting capture
Fis2 (100638) 2014-07-26 10:56
I like frame and composition.
Super colors and light.
pajaran (62490) 2014-07-26 11:20
Interesantan tekst o mestu i skulpturi ...
Lep pogled devojku i skulpturu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto na reci, trenutak sa devojkom i pticama pored skulpture.
Dobar rad i kompozicijam lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the place and the sculpture ...
Nice view of girl and sculpture ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated place on the river, a moment with a girl and birds besides sculptures.
Good work and composition beautifully captured moment, beautiful colors.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
imageme (1790) 2014-07-26 11:32
Hi Gert, Unusual capture of this scene with a pig statue on a stone platform in the middle of the water. The lady and the red sign add to its interest. Fantastic colors and light along with clarity and details. Best regards
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-26 14:11
A great capture , mi idea, like the composition where the road sign ( or whatever it was called) calls the attention, them the statue that I found strange and impressive, must be polish humor and finally the relaxed woman to completing the triangle
Well done, regards and enjoy Sunday
Add a * at your WS at Anna´s photo
carlo62 (50778) 2014-07-26 14:30
ho seguito le foto del tuo tour polacco, personalmente mi sono piaciute, proprio perché originali. Aiutano a completare un quadro più tradizionale di questa nazione di cui continuo a meravigliarmi, non conoscevo molte cose e le ho acquisite tramite TE e i suoi membri, partendo dai monumenti e le città principali, per completare con foto come quelle che tu ci presenti.
La co9mposizione di oggi è veramente originale, sia per la scultura, sia per la tua scelta compositiva, unendo tre elementi molto diversi tra loro.
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-27 1:07
I was few times in Krakow and never had a chance to see this interesting monument. Like your cropping and idea on which you based your composition. Classy and elegant scene/ tfs!
Have a nice Sunday!
kasianowak (9407) 2014-07-27 2:48
Hi again Gert
Thanks for sharing this image, I haven't yet seen that sculpture and did't even know it existed. Last time I took that walk (several years ago) there was nothing there!
Great shot, I really like your composition with the reading woman and the sign.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-07-27 6:51
There's a saying in the art world, one does ask the artist what the art work means. This is very interesting but very nicely sculpture. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Silvio1953 (146613) 2014-07-27 6:54
Ciao Gert, lovely and original composition with nice scene, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
saxo042 (37900) 2014-07-27 7:00
En rolig och dessutom välkomponerad bild med kvinnan i ena hörnet och den röda skylten i det andra. Grisen mittemellan bidrar ju också till intresset. Ett tämligen självklart motiv för en fotograf, med alla dessa detaljer!
mirosu (16273) 2014-07-27 23:06
I like the composition with three completely different subjects. There is nice light and color combination and pleasant reflections. The lady is very well placed in the lower corner.
Very well done.
P.s. Sorry for my slow response, but my access to internet is not very regular during my travelling.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-28 4:08
En intressant och udda sammansättning.
Bilden, samtidigt som det är avant garde använder fortfarande en del viktiga fotografiska principer. Innebörden av fotografiet har blivit ett pussel.
serp2000 (44684) 2014-07-29 4:46
Thanks for presentation of this amazing sculpture! Clever composition with including some interesting details, as the sign and the woman with the papers. I think malgo told you about her plans to visit Baikal (and my home town too).
All the best wishes,
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-07-29 14:10
A lovely image.. :D. I actually like the way you put them together, it gives another meaning, or extends views imagination...Thanks for the sense of humour.
jhm (155249) 2014-07-30 4:38
A little bit strange statue with this swine on his back, but all artists must make a own artwork and can showing at the people
A lovely panoramic view about these area.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a n ice day,
Graal (103034) 2014-07-31 9:39
unusual sculpture in Krakow on Vistula river. Good captured place and theme. Interesting comment in note. I like it.
Have a nice evening.
Royaldevon (40264) 2014-08-01 8:02
Yes, you have a strange combination of features but ones which it would have been a crime not to photograph! The poor pig looks helpless, the lady is unconcerned and the sign is telling you not to try to anchor the pig ... it's not real!!
Still, the ducks appreciate the landing stage!
A well-taken, humorous shot.
My warm regards,
williewhistler (16398) 2014-08-01 10:50
your keen eye for an unusual photograph has come up trumps again,it`s not the usual sculpture by any stretch of the imagination but certainly makes a striking photograph with lots to peruse and enjoy if you can set your imagination free..
Best regards Les.
mesutilgim (95776) 2014-08-01 14:09
Hello dear Gert,
I missed this one ! Interesting capture with interesting notes.
I know my menu for tomorrow's dinner : Sausages from Krakow with Sauerkraut and beer !!
TFS and have a nice weekend
tyro (25902) 2014-08-02 7:52
What a curious work of art and I'm not surprised that the young lady prefers to scan through her papers rather than trying to appreciate its artistic value. And what a curious "river sign" too: I wonder what it means - perhaps that it is forbidden to drop anchor here or to tie your boat up to that pig?
This is a very fine photograph and I'm not surprised that it is one of your own favourites. In fact, it bears a remarkable likeness to the type of picture which Gunnar frequently uploads: a lone figure preoccupied in some task beside an expanse of water and with some bright red object holding foreground interest. So that's a compliment!
An excellent composition in lovely soft light with excellent colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
willperrett (11242) 2014-08-03 3:36
Well, your personal favourite has obviously struck a chord with plenty of others as well! I like the humour and pleasing juxtaposition of the three disparate elements. By the way, the girl sitting on the shore could be the same girl I photographed in the Scilly Isles. Take a look!
macjake (69765) 2014-08-05 4:21
what is it with artists?
do they really take themselves seriously? lol
its a dead pig upside down - get over it.
artists try to make SOOOO much more out of these sculptures. they conceptualize it, making it sound so smart and sophisticated.
Guess you can tell i'm not a fan of Modern Art!!
or most of it anyways.
Give me the Statue of David anyday! That, and one's similar to it are SCULPTURES!
this is just a dead pig upside down on a barge trying to be something its not.
I must be in a bad mood...look what you've done to me Gert! lol
as for the photo...yes, it certainly is different and unique. I'm sure you're the only one who has posted this. For me, the sign is the star subject here.
I bet the lady is reading a document written by the artist, a 10 page document explaining how sophisticated the pig is!
thanks for this funny shot :)
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-08-05 9:13
Certainly unusual subjetcs!
Well, I like you idea and enjoy the photographical results! That sculpture is weird, but funny at the same time! Nice to read your note and know its meaning.
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition and soft colors!
TFS - congrats,
adores (45869) 2014-08-05 15:31
Just great and a very original shot from Poland. I must agree, the sculpture, the sign and the woman reading make a perfect composition. The sculpture is very interesting, I guess I had never seen something similar. I'm really glad you didn't miss the chance to take this one.
siolaw (38292) 2014-08-08 4:01
Quite a surrealistic scene here.. only the woman reading seems to make some sense in this photo! The sign and the sculpture are strange!
An you framed the view perfectly, with excellent general quality.
Well spotted and realised
jemaflor (99043) 2014-08-10 23:50
Original and strange sculpture, well taken and presented with a well balanced composition, good human presence, nice light and colors.
mcmtanyel (24567) 2014-08-25 20:08
And here, I thought that lady was preparing to have a pig roast, it turns out to be a statue! Well seen and skillfully rendered!