Babka’s patriotic erection

Babka's patriotic erection

Babka’s patriotic erection

Imagine my surprise.

I’ve not been out for a while thanks to the near death experience of a bad cold. It didn’t seem like long enough for anyone to mess with the city but as I approached rondo babka or “Zdenerwowany Cholera Jasna” as it is now called I could see was wrong. While I was away someone had started erecting something huge.

Giant cranes. Large, shiny, white, structural steel pointing at the sky. Virgin Galactic launch site? Giant ray-gun to zap those ignorant fuckers who keep blocking the junction? Apparently neither. According to this article from Gazeta Wyborcza it is to be a super-massive Freedom Mast sporting a Polish flag with the emblem of the Warsaw Uprising.

Now I don’t mind gigantic modern city landmarks as long as it is tastefully done, actually has some artistic merit or other redeeming features appropriate to its size and placement and is somehow properly planned (voted for even) and regulated. This appears to be none of those things and is the plaything of a couple of presumably well connected and wealthy businessmen.

The Uprising, important as it clearly was, already has a huge memorial over at plac Krasinskich, not to mention a very nice museum and goodness knows how many other smaller monuments dotted around town. Does it really need more visibility. I mean 60m high annoying visibility? The answer is no but the Uprising, like John Paul II, is one of those things you can use as a mask for exercising your own ego, like a get out of jail free card for statues, monuments and the like. Nobody is going to argue about it and most people will like it so if you’re a rich, well connected person and you want to erect a giant copy of your own penis in the Old Town Square, no problem, just make sure it’s got an Uprising logo on it or a likeness of JPII etched one one side and you’ll be good to go.

Is this just an overreaction to the amount of publicity the opening of the new Jewish Museum has been getting recently?

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6 thoughts on “Babka’s patriotic erection

  1. Well okay but surely you’d have preferred something more inspiring? I’m not saying this example is the best but something along these lines – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_of_the_North

    Something inspiring, modern, future looking, not just another but bigger Polish flag.

    And surely you’d have preferred it to be a more public venture rather than just whichever rich-boy happens to push it through?

  2. Nah, Scatts, that’s not going up…. it going down! And the deception plan looks as if it has worked! No, shale oil has been discovered slap bang in the centre of your city and ‘They’ are not telling you owt about it! Just wait, in a few months, you’ll have oil up to your armpits, literally. Oil in your sewers, reservoirs, and yes, you’ll be flush with oil! Evacuate now! Before the traffic jams, Before the motorways are locked down! :-)))

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