Olsztyn – 1918-2018

This temporary art installation marks one hundred years since Poland regained its independence. In the case of Olsztyn, under the East Prussian plebiscite, it remained part of Germany after the First World War.

The red and white are the colours of the Polish flag and they have a deep national symbolism. The sculptures are baby pruskie, a recreation of local stone sculptures.

The figures had t-shirts added to them in the summer of 2018 in a peaceful and non-destructive action, with the phrase “Konstytucja Jędrek”. As I understand it, this was a protest against what is perceived to be a violation of the country’s constitution by the current President. It was seen as serious enough though for the police to launch an investigation into the actions.

The installation is remaining in situ until late November 2018.