Sienkiewicza Street (on the crossing with Wyszyńskiego)
Wyszyńskiego Street (near the crossing with Sienkiewicza)- amazing wall
Iglica (means “spire” or “needle”) is a monument, a needle-like located in Wroclaw, just in front of Centennial Hall. Initially it was 106 meters tall, now, after renovation the top 10 meters were removed.
It was built in 1948, by Polish Communists for an exhibition to celebrate receiving the control over the “Regained Territories” after World War II.
The location was chosen by purpose, to take away the attention from the Centennial Hall built by Germans.
Originally Iglica was topped by shield of mirrors rotating and giving it a look of umbrella. At night it was giving amazing light effects. Just before the official inauguration the construction was destroyed by lightnings. The remnants were removed after few months by two climbing enthusiasts. They used still unknown in Poland these days sub sequences technique using ropes and loops, now widely used to overcome the vertical walls.The climbing took them more than 24h plus 6h of dismantling.
There were few interesting events happening During the martial law, a man climbed up and hanged the banner of banned union Solidarity (NSZZ Solidarność). In 2007, Iglica turned into Europe’s highest Christmas tree. At the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, a group of members from association “Young Wroclaw”hanged the Tibetan flag, in solidarity with people from Tibet persecuted by Chinese authorities.
Small Iglica on Plac Solny:
You can find the second, much smaller Iglica set in the central of Plac Solny (Salt Square), just next to market square. It was placed there in 1996.
If you are tired after walking around the city, have a seat next to the lady. Another funny and interesting example of urban art in Wroclaw (by Anna and Ryszard Zmorskich).
Two modern sculptures show two armchairs, one empty, the other one occupied by woman.
Even it seems that the lady is definitely not interested in a person sitting next to her, the name of the composition is “Waiting” (pl. Oczekiwanie), which means that she is still waiting for somebody.
You can find this modern sculpture in Słowacki Park, just in front of National Museum building.
How to find the sculpture?
The sculpture is located in Slowacki Park, just in front of National Museum. The park is located in between following streets: Slowackiego, Modrzewskiego, Purkyniego. You can reach there walking from the center as it will take you 5 to 10 minutes and on the way you can visit such a buildings like Architecture Museum, Panorama Raclawicka building and other interesting sculptures located in the park.
Another incredible installation that you should not miss is the HORSE located on Szewska street. I have spotted it one day from the tram and next time I decided to jump out and have a closer look what is it all about.
I really liked the idea and I guess you will find it interesting.
The sculpture does not present the real horse. It is a multi-elemnent composition of a horse with a rider’s torso and additional, few pair of legs.
This is another example of the art presence in urban space that Wroclaw as a city is promoting and doing descent job.
How can you find the Horse?
The horse is located on Szewska Street where it cross with Wita Stwosza. You can simply walk from Market Square. You can also spot it while passing with tram number 6 and 7, on your right hand side.
The installation was set up in spring 2010. It has aprox 30 meters height and has a weight of nearly 70 tons. The antique locomotive was bought from the museum in Jaworzyna Slaska.
The locomotive is mounted vertically on a strong foundation. From the chimney there will be you can spot a drift of dry ice to give illusion of a real smoke. The whole sculpture is effectively illuminated so it is advisable to see it during at night as well.
The concept of the installation refers to the rich tradition of the locomotive industry that grew rapidly in the area of Wroclaw. Artistic styling of locomotive and its history connects the past (area of old locomotive factory) to its future.
For sure the “Train To Heaven” is building the next stop on artistic city map.
How do you find it?
“Train to Heaven” installation is located on Plac Strzegomski. You can either walk there from the center (it should take you no longer than 5-10 minutes of walk) or jump on the bus, take 2-3 stops and get out on Plac Strzegomski stop. You will easily spot it as it is placed in the center of the square.