Andrzej Pitynski

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Monument of
Polish-American volunteer army 1920 in Warsaw

Andrzej Pitynski (b. 1947 in Ulanów, Poland) is a Polish-American monumental sculptor who lives and works in the US.[1] A book of his works was published in 2008.[2]

Work[edit]

The Partisans[edit]

For more details on this topic, see The Partisans (sculpture).

In January, 2006, his Partisans (1979) was removed from the corner of Beacon and Charles streets on the Boston Common, where it had stood since 1983. Although it was originally destined for Warsaw, the work - which depicts guerrilla Polish freedom fighters in World War II - was not welcomed in communist Poland at that time. On September 6, 2006, the work was moved to the MBTA's Silver-Line World Trade Center Station on the South Boston waterfront.[3]

Describing his "Partisans" Pitynski said, that he dedicated this monument to all "Fighters for Freedom in the World", and used Polish Partisans as an example.[4]

Katyn Memorials[edit]

Pitynski has worked on a number of works remembering the Katyn massacre including the Katyn Memorial which stands in Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey and the National Katyń memorial which stands in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

Andrzej Pitynski on monuments[edit]

A monument is an expressive symbol. A good one, looked at for even a few minutes will remain in memory for years or even for one's entire lifetime. Monuments are the milestones in a nation's history -- they will not allow other systems and governments to destroy the core values of a national culture.

—Andrzej Pitynski[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pitynski, Andrzej". www.poles.org. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ Chudzik, Anna (2008). Andrzej Pitynski. Sculpture. Wydawnictwo BOSZ. ISBN 978-83-7576-021-7. 
  3. ^ "Polish Partisans Finds A Home In South Boston". mbta.com. 2006. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  4. ^ http://www.doomedsoldiers.com/destruction-of-national-military-union-detatchment-pt3.html
  • Wilson, Susan (2004). Boston Sights and Insights. Beacon Hill Press. ISBN 0-8070-7135-8. 
  • Meredith Arms, Bzdak (1999). Public Sculpture in New Jersey. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2700-7.