Wrocławskie krasnale

( Wrocław Dwarfs )

Wrocław Dwarfs or Wrocław Gnomes (Polish: Wrocławskie krasnale) are small figurines (20–30 cm) that first appeared in the streets of Wrocław, Poland in 2005. Since then, their numbers have continued to grow, and today they are considered a tourist attraction. Tourists often walk around the city with a map, trying to find all of them.

In April 2019, there were already 600 dwarfs in the city. Six of them are located outside the city, at the LG plant in Biskupice Podgórne.

In 2001, a monument of a dwarf was placed on Świdnicka Street to commemorate the Orange Alternative, a Polish anti-communist movement, and its symbol. In 2003, the mayor of Wrocław, in an attempt to continue the new tradition, unveiled a small plaque on the door of The Dwarves’ Museum. It is located found at the height of human knees on the wall of a historic tenement called Jaś, which is situated between the Market Square and St. Elizabeth’s Church.

The dwarf figures, which are smaller than the Orange Alternative monument on Świdnicka Street, were placed in various locations throughout the city. The first five, designed by Tomasz Moczek, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, were installed in August 2005. These included the Fencer near the University of Wrocław, the Butcher in Stare Jatki arcade, two Sisyphuses on Świdnicka Street, and the Oder-Washer-Dwarf, near the Piasek Bridge. The last dwarf's name is related to Pracze Odrzańskie, a district on the outskirts of the city. The number of figures has continued to grow since then.

On June 18, 2008, a ceremony was held to unveil two new dwarves on Świdnicka Street, next to W-skers. The figures represent two disabled dwarves: the Deaf-Mute and the Blind. They are part of the Wrocław Without Barriers campaign, which aims to draw attention to handicapped people living in Wrocław. Five days later, another dwarf was erected at the Hematology and Pediatric Oncology Clinic in Wrocław. The design for this third female dwarf, Marzenka, was based on the logo of the Mam marzenie charity.[1]

The Dwarves' Festival takes place in Wrocław every year in September.

^ "Information for Service Foundation's Mam Marzenie". Archived from the original on 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
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