If you find yourself at the intersection of Piłsudskiego and Świdnicka streets in Wroclaw, you may see these interesting statues on the way from the Rynek to Arkady Mall. One one side of the street, the bronze, lifelike statues are seen going into the ground whereas, on the other side they appear to be emerging from the ground. After walking by these statues almost every week since moving to Wroclaw, I decided it was time I found out the meaning behind them. And so, here is their story.
Polish artist Jerzy Kalina installed a total of 14 statues—seven people descending into the ground on one side and seven people emerging from the ground on the other.
The statues were installed in December 2005 to mark the 24th anniversary of when martial law was introduced in Poland; a time when many ordinary civilians were killed and went missing.
The method of military ruling was lifted in 1983, as shown by the rise of the ordinary man on the opposite side of the street.
I found articles referring to the official name of the art to be called either “The Anonymous Pedestrians” or “Przejście” (which translates to “Passage/Transition”). If you happen to know the official name for these statues, please let me know.
Also, note that these statues were installed in 2005 in the middle of the night.