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.
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.Comments of some natives of Ustroń
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.
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.