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Ustroń: Another giant religious statue in Poland


boletus 30 | 1,366
22 May 2011 #1
A 24-meter sculpture of Jesus Christ, King of Poland has been erected in a spa city of Ustroń, southern Poland.

Ustroń [ˈustrɔɲ] ( listen) (German: Ustron) is a health resort town in Cieszyn Silesia, southern Poland. It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship (since 1999), having previously been in Bielsko-Biała Voivodeship (1975-1998). It lies in the Silesian Beskids mountain range.

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Although the installation of sculpture only lasted a few hours, developers have been working on it since one and a half years.

The photos of the sculpture can be viewed here:

At least this one is aesthetically pleasing - compared to the figure in Świebodzin.

The author of the sculpture is a Cracovian artist, Robert Pigoń. The founder is a local resident of Ustroń, who wants to remain anonymous. The entire 24-meter sculpture is made up of a stone pedestal and a 10-meter figure made of stainless steel.

The sculpture depicts Jesus Christ, King of Poland, who holds a scepter with three crowns in one hand, an an apple in the second one. His crown is a mixture of thorns and emblems from 19th century and Second Republic (inter-bellum) Poland.

- Work on the entire sculpture lasted over one and a half years, while the work on the sculpture proper lasted eight months. It was a really big challenge for us - said Robert Pigoń, the author of the sculpture.

The sculpture stands sideways to the church. - It's our conscious decision, since we want Jesus to embrace the entire country, and this is why He is facing north, toward the whole country - explains the founder of the sculpture.

Comments of some natives of Ustroń

But seriously, has anyone ever wondered about the multi-faith traditions of Ustroń? I did not want to joke, but the situation is a little grotesque - unfortunately, the size of the sculpture goes far beyond the boundaries of the parish of Zawodzie . I do not know what to think, I must admit that I am an evangelist and it hurts me a little ...

Let us have a sculpture JP 2, Benedict 16, Kaczynski and the esteemed pastor, who accepted this "attraction" in a multi-faith town, which undoubtedly is Ustroń, in supposedly secular state of Poland.

Look at it from the other side. Firstly, you cannot ever stop a rich man :), secondly - compare the whims Mrs. M. producing coffee or Mr. B known for the water bottling business. Those are the real idiocies.. It may actually be that K - the founder of this statue - wants to make a sacrifice to God. But is this the best way to go? I do not know. Especially since this is a public space. We do not know what are his real intentions. For me, though I am a Catholic, this statue is a triumph of form over substance, and God expects from us other forms of worship.

Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
22 May 2011 #2
A 24-meter sculpture of Jesus Christ

it doesn't look 24m to me. however, it looks ok though.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
22 May 2011 #3
Unlike a statue to the BVM, the Lutherans of Cieszyn shoudlnot object to a monument to Jesus.
OP boletus 30 | 1,366
22 May 2011 #4
it doesn't look 24m to me. however, it looks ok though.

The pictures do not show a 14-meter pedestal. The figure itself is 10m tall. Yes, it does not look bad.
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
22 May 2011 #5
Another giant religious statue in Poland

Poland has an obsession with religion.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
22 May 2011 #6
Many countries are religiously deficient, esp. in decadent Western Europe.
grubas 12 | 1,391
22 May 2011 #7
I think these statues are sweet idea.I mean, look at the Easter Islands they have statues and people from all over the world come to see them pumping a lot of money into Easter Islands economy.A bit of advertisment and Poland will make a killing.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,718
22 May 2011 #8
Poland has an obsession with religion.

No, I wouldn't say Poland - but rather some people seem obsessed with the idea of forcing it down everyone's throat. The sad thing is that anyone that opposes such things are immediately blasted and labelled as some sort of Communist Jew - which is nonsense.

I really hope that putting up giant Jesus statues doesn't become a fashion :(

Many countries are religiously deficient, esp. in decadent Western Europe.

Judging by your intolerance towards others, you're the one that's "religiously deficient', pal.
enkidu 7 | 623
22 May 2011 #9
Statue in Świebodzin:

BIG

BTW - there is a joke:

"When did they built Tesco in Świebodzin? Well... Four years Before Christ." :)
OP boletus 30 | 1,366
22 May 2011 #10
The bronze statue and the bronze pedestal,
Of bronze also the Allegories around:
Books, Torches, Globes and the Owls -
All of those the artist spelled in bronze,
(...)
And we, Poles, we like monuments.

hubabuba - | 113
22 May 2011 #11
The sad thing is that anyone that opposes such things are immediately blasted and labelled as some sort of Communist Jew - which is nonsense.

I wouldnt say that, Świebodzin was highly criticised, and it now becomes sort of a fashion to criticise religion and beliefs

I really hope that putting up giant Jesus statues doesn't become a fashion :(

I hope that too. I wonder why religious people cant praise god by building hospital?but on the other hand it is their money, and not my business.
sobieski 107 | 2,128
22 May 2011 #12
So? Its our obsession, we dont go bending people over to our ways so f*ck off little prick.

But you do not even live in Poland, do you ?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
22 May 2011 #13
Well they won,t be building one near my place....

The Polish air force flies so low over my farm , that any giant statue would get its head knocked off....!
delphiandomine 83 | 17,718
22 May 2011 #14
I wouldnt say that, Świebodzin was highly criticised, and it now becomes sort of a fashion to criticise religion and beliefs

The problem is that such criticism fuels those that want to put up such statues - and who in Poland would dare to refuse planning permission for such a thing?

Swiebodzin - fine, it did a lot to put the town on the map. But there's no need for a glut of similar statues.

I hope that too. I wonder why religious people cant praise god by building hospital?but on the other hand it is their money, and not my business.

Indeed. The money wasted on such things would not have been lost on Jesus - who, judging by his life, would rather have given the money to the poor and unfortunate than on statues of himself.
hubabuba - | 113
22 May 2011 #15
The problem is that such criticism fuels those that want to put up such statues - and who in Poland would dare to refuse planning permission for such a thing?

those fueled by criticism are who?local parish, older. usually more devout people?they will moan to each other and that is it,oh, come on. The power is media and media will not be on their side.

I dont think refusing permission should happen if they build it on their land, with their money,for me they can have a statue of Buddah-none of my business. I may not like it, but to be honest I dont like even more the "enlighten"ones who will laugh off and label as backward everything connected to catholicism, such bahaviour is having upper hand in our so called intelectual elites. And, as I see it, both sides are the same and and as much intolerant
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
22 May 2011 #16
No, I wouldn't say Poland - but rather some people seem obsessed with the idea of forcing it down everyone's throat.

You're right, well said.
Koala 1 | 332
22 May 2011 #17
Świebodzin is my hometown and I'd like to add that the Christ's monument is entirely one man's initiative - a local priest here is kind of megalomaniac, he bought the ground and gathered all the funds. And honestly, no one cares about the old Church buildings and others structures, what's the big deal with the new ones? They'll become standard elements of landscape soon enough.

(BTW I'm not a catholic)
valpomike 11 | 197
23 May 2011 #18
Pennboy,

I think you are nuts, it is there money, to do what they wish, they are not asking you to pay for it.

Mike
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
23 May 2011 #19
When earth's civilizations end and new ones spring up, future archaeologists will find giant statutes dotting the countryside. Assumptions will be made about the inhabitants in the 'lands of the Poles'. Galapagos Islands have their Moai, (monolithic human figures carved from rock), and of course there is Britains' Stonehedge. It will be thought that the people who dwelled here were religious.
dardawk - | 3
25 Apr 2012 #20
I think that all of the statues and idol worship (Maria IS like a god in PL) is a response to the increase secularism among Polish youth. It's quite embarrassing for the educated Polish diaspora to read about the giant burger king-crown Jesus, Radio Maria promoting hatred, or the anti-choice laws in Poland.
WielkiPolak 58 | 1,034
27 Apr 2012 #21
I prefer religious statues that have some relevance to Poland's heritage and past, even if you are not part of the religious belief yourself, than a statue of some jumped up popstar.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
27 Apr 2012 #22
Shame He looks more like Richard The LionHeart in a bathrobe with that silly crown.
pawian 161 | 9,971
27 Apr 2012 #23
The photos of the sculpture can be viewed here:

Erected statue:
BBman - | 344
27 Apr 2012 #24
I'm not a very religious man but I absolutely love this idea of building jesus statues. I would rather see these statues in every Polish cities than minarets and mosques, as we can see sprouting up across the UK, the Netherlands etc. like "grzyby po deszczu."

To those of you saying that this is an obsession or "forcing it down peoples throats", I would respond by saying that islam/mosques are also an obsession in W. europe as well as the construction of mosques.
modafinil - | 418
28 Apr 2012 #25
Shame He looks more like Richard The LionHeart in a bathrobe with that silly crown.

It does make Christ appear 'old-hat' by adding a crown, however well designed. King of kings made sense once upon a time when we were ruled by monarchs. I much prefer the statues with open arms, welcoming and ever ready to embrace, than an autocrat with a big stick.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
28 Apr 2012 #26
I much prefer the statues with open arms, welcoming and ever ready to embrace,

Thats what I meant, genuinly would like it without the crown. A crown of thorns was enough for Him,why give hime gold?
( I suspect I know the answer but my moans about Rome style worship dont belong here :) )
I might not buy the RCC as an institution but Ive a real soft spot for its nicer imagery from childhood times in Spain and Italy .


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