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    [size=16pt]Wrocław's dwarfs[/size]
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    Wrocław’s dwarfs are small figurines that first appeared in the streets of Wrocław in 2001. Since then, their numbers have been continually growing, and today they are considered a tourist attraction: those who would like to combine sight-seeing in Wroclaw with dwarf-tracking are offered special brochures and guided tours.Currently (2013) there are over 250 dwarfs spread all over the city. Six of them are located outside the city at the LG plant in Biskupice Podgórne.

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    In 2001, to commemorate the Orange Alternative movement, a figurine of a dwarf (the movement’s symbol) was officially placed on Świdnicka Street, where the group’s happenings used to take place. It is probably one of the few cases in the world where such a subversive group has been honoured by the city authorities, who commissioned the placing of a statue of a dwarf in the city centre.

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    In 2003, the Mayor of Wrocław, in an attempt to continue the new tradition, unveiled a small plaque on the door of The Dwarfs’ Museum. It can be found at the height of human knees on the wall of a historic tenement called: Jaś, which is situated between the Market Square and St. Elizabeth’s Church.

    The figures of the dwarfs, which are smaller than the Orange Alternative monument on Świdnicka Street, were placed in different parts of the city. The first five: designed by Tomasz Moczek, a graduate of The Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, were placed in August 2005. These were the Fencer near the University of Wrocław, the Butcher in Stare Jatki arcade, two Sisyphuses on Świdnicka Street and the Odra-Washer-Dwarf, near Piaskowy Bridge. The name of the last dwarf is related to Pracze Odrzańskie: an estate on the outskirts of the city. Since that time, the number of figures has continued growing, predominantly in the Old Town.

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    The Fencer

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    Odra-Washer-Dwarf

    A ceremony unveiling two other dwarfs took place on the day of June 18, 2008. They were situated on Świdnicka Street, next to W-skers: a dwarf in a wheel chair. The figures represent two disabled dwarfs: the Deaf-mute and the Blind. They are part of the Wrocław Without Barriers campaign, which aims at drawing attention to handicapped people living in Wroclaw.

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    Source: Wikipedia

    For more informations, please get on their official page, where you can discover their stories and Wrocław's history: http://krasnale.pl/en/

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    #422036

    Anonymous

    Orange Alternative (Pomarańczowa Alternatywa) is a name for an underground protest movement which was started in Wrocław, a city in south-west Poland and led by Waldemar Fydrych (sometimes misspelled as Frydrych), commonly known as Major (Commander of Festung Breslau) in the 1980s. Its main purpose was to offer a wider group of citizens an alternative way of opposition against the authoritarian communist regime by means of a peaceful protest that used absurd and nonsensical elements.

    By doing this, Orange Alternative participants could not be arrested by the police for opposition to the regime without the authorities becoming a laughing stock. Orange Alternative has been viewed as part of the broader Solidarity movement. Academics Dennis Bos and Marjolein t'Hart have asserted it was the most effective of all Solidarity's factions in bringing about the movement's success.

    Initially it painted ridiculous graffiti of dwarves on paint spots covering up anti-government slogans on city walls. Afterwards, beginning with 1985 through 1990, it organized a series of more than sixty happenings in several Polish cities, including Wrocław, Warsaw, Łódź, Lublin and Tomaszów Mazowiecki.

    It was the most picturesque element of Polish opposition to Stalinist authoritarianism. It suspended activity in 1989, but reactivated in 2001 and has been active on a small scale ever since.
    The Dwarf – the statue of the Orange Alternative symbol at the corner of Świdnicka and Kazimierza Wielkiego streets in Wrocław.

    A statue of a dwarf, dedicated to the memory of the movement, stands today on Świdnicka Street in Wrocław, in the place where events took place.

    Orange Alternative movement has inspired several other similar movements in authoritarian countries including Czechoslovakia[citation needed] and Hungary and it has also inspired and influenced the Pora and the so-called Orange Revolution movement in Ukraine, which was in turn supported by Poland.

    Some utterances ascribed to Waldemar Fydrych:

      In Poland there are only three places when you can feel free: In churches, but only for prayers; in prisons, but not everyone can go to prison; and on the streets: they are the freest places.

        The Western World will find out much more about the situation in Poland from hearing that I was sent to jail for handing out sanitary pads to women, than from reading books and articles written by other members of the opposition.

        Can you treat a police officer seriously, when he is asking you: "Why did you participate in an illegal meeting of dwarfs?"

    source: Wikipedia

    #422037

    Anonymous

    Interview with artist Tomasz Moczek, founding father of the first dwarfs we could see on Wrocław streets: http://krasnale.pl/en/2013/10/03/founding-father-of-wroclaw-dwarfs/

    #422038

    Anonymous

    Had been to Wroclaw, the dwarfs are really awesome! And it was quite challenging to find them, if you are there for the first time.

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    Wroclaw is an absolutely amazing city, totally loved it. You can also find a number of really nice sculptures like:

    The monument of the underpass

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    The monument dedicated to all the butchered animals

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    And…this one. Have no idea what is it, fecal superhero?

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    #422039

    Anonymous
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    And…this one. Have no idea what is it, fecal superhero?

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    Papa Dwarf (Papa krasnal)

    He is the most eminent of all dwarves living in Wrocław. In the past an active participant of social and political matters, he was engaged with the Orange Alternative. Today, on a well-deserved retirement, he leads the dwarf community of Wrocław, as the Head of Wrocław Dwarf Committee.

    The ironic smile and playful expression perfectly suit him. A gentleman both prudent and greatly distanced towards reality, he leads the gatherings of city dwarves. He settles disputes and decides in all the most important matters regarding Wrocław dwarf community.

    Papa Dwarf appeared at Świdnicka Street on June 1 2001. His fixed spot is not a coincidence, since it is Świdnicka Street that saw the majority of Orange Alternative happenings and Papa was involved with the organisation in times when dwarves were politically active. After retiring Papa Dwarf settled in Wrocław to rest from politics. Many dwarves followed him since then!
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    #422040

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    Papa Dwarf (Papa krasnal)

    He is the most eminent of all dwarves living in Wrocław. In the past an active participant of social and political matters, he was engaged with the Orange Alternative. Today, on a well-deserved retirement, he leads the dwarf community of Wrocław, as the Head of Wrocław Dwarf Committee.

    The ironic smile and playful expression perfectly suit him. A gentleman both prudent and greatly distanced towards reality, he leads the gatherings of city dwarves. He settles disputes and decides in all the most important matters regarding Wrocław dwarf community.

    Papa Dwarf appeared at Świdnicka Street on June 1 2001. His fixed spot is not a coincidence, since it is Świdnicka Street that saw the majority of Orange Alternative happenings and Papa was involved with the organisation in times when dwarves were politically active. After retiring Papa Dwarf settled in Wrocław to rest from politics. Many dwarves followed him since then!
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    Okay, sorry for confusion. But it looks very specific :)

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