Friday, 20 January 2012
Dwarves in Wrocław
To understand the presence of these dwarves in Wrocław, we need to go back to the 1980s when the Orange alternative movement was active in Poland. Their purpose was to use nonsensical ways of protesting, to poke fun instead of other more confrontational means. They were a branch of Solidarity, Solidarność.
They started off by painting dwarves over the efforts by the police to cover over anti-government slogans. Although they stopped being active in 1989, in 2001 they reactivated, and dwarves started to reappear on the streets of Wrocław, though this time they were small statues rather than graffiti.
Since their first appearance, their numbers have been growing steadily. Although new ones appear each year, sadly some are disappearing.
This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.