11 Dec '15, 3pm
Talking Poland: Gnomes, Coal Mines, and Milkbar
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. Since then the number of gnomes have been growing fast, mainly in the Old Town, and now there are more than 300. The gnomes are representing typical Polish life, or other movements. There are deaf-mute and blind gnomes, which are part of the Wroclaw Without Barriers campaign that aims at drawing attention to disabled people living in Wroclaw. There are numerous tours focusing on finding gnomes across the city, or you can take a self-guided tour with the city’s mobile app. If you want to locate the gnomes around the city, you can visit http://krasnale.pl/en/, or use the mobile app.