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Chopin’s Warsaw - Keyboard crosswalk, Śródmieście district

A lovely impression from Warsaw…. Respect for the famous musician.

The stripes of a pedestrian crosswalk in the Śródmieście district, in front of the Palace of Culture, have been modified to resemble the keys on a piano to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin.
The keyboard crosswalk is the work of Helena Czernek and Klara Jankiewicz, who won a competition invited by the Bec Zmiana Foundation, the City of Warsaw Promotion Bureau and the Department of Industrial Design at the Fine Arts Academy of Warsaw.

Frédéric François Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin (22 February or 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano".
Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw, to a Polish mother and French-immigrant father. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his musical education there. Following the Russian suppression of the Polish November 1830 Uprising, he settled in Paris as part of the Great Emigration. He supported himself as a composer and piano teacher, giving few public performances. From 1837 to 1847 he carried on a relationship with the French woman writer George Sand. For most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health; he died in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39.
The vast majority of Chopin's works are for solo piano, though he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces and some songs. His piano writing is often technically demanding, with an emphasis on nuance and expressive depth. Chopin invented the instrumental ballade and made major innovations to the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, étude, impromptu, scherzo and prélude.

Śródmieście district

Śródmieście district could be called the cultural and recreational heart of the capital. Many cultural and sport events of local, national, and international importance are held there. The biggest number of museums, galleries, theaters and cinemas are located here as well as a complex of monumental parks.
The area is home to the most important national and municipal institutions, many businesses, higher education establishments (e.g. Warsaw University, Warsaw University of Technology and Medical Academy) and theatres. It is also home to most of the tourist attractions in Warsaw, including the tallest building in Warsaw (234 m), the narrowest street (5.3 m), the oldest university (est. 1809), the oldest public park (opened 1772), the oldest secular monument (1644) and the oldest historical building (13th century).
The name is also colloquially used for Warszawa Śródmieście railway station. (Skyscrapers of Warsaw & wikipedia)

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