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Mermaid in Powiśle, photo by Dawid Lasociński / Forum

You see them everywhere – an anchor painted on the corner, a mermaid on the main square, the “wedding cake” silhouette of the Palace of Culture and Science. They are the symbols of Warsaw; but to the untrained eye, they might not make much sense. Culture.pl offers an introduction to the “visual language” of Poland’s capital city to help visitors “decode” Warsaw.

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Culture.pl invites readers and visitors to a cycle of actions related to The Rainbow and its symbolic farewell to Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw.

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Julita Wójcik's The Rainbow on the Savoir Square in Warsaw, photo: The Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The art installation woven out of multi-colored flowers appeared on the Savior Square (Plac Zbawiciela) in Warsaw on the 8th of June 2012. The Rainbow (Tęcza) is supposed to elicit joy, it is pure beauty – as the artist and author of the piece, Julita Wójcik stated.

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According to the Warsaw City Hall, artist Julita Wójcik is invited to re-install her Rainbow back in Plac Zbawiciela on May 1st 2014, marking the 10th anniversary of the Polish accession to the European Union. The artist however prefers May 17th - International Day Against Homophobia.

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Julita Wójcik, Peeling Potatoes, 2001, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, photo: Jacek Niezgoda

Wójcik has received the Royal Scottish Academy Award for a residency at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, where the artist will be working on a new project. The residency is supported by RSA and IAM.

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An art installation made by Polish artist Julita Wójcik was set on fire. The work, a giant rainbow made of artificial flowers was meant to serve as a symbol of peace and tolerance for Polish and European society.

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A closer view of the Rainbow, photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute An interactive public installation, a multi-hued array of 16, 000 fake flowers on a 9 meter tall and 26 meter wide metal railing - the Rainbow on Plac Zbawiciela is "here for your freedom and ours"

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Okładka (nid 6286617)

The artist’s urban project, presented in front of the European Parliament in Brussels during the Polish Presidency of the EU in late 2011, will grace Warsaw's central Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw this spring

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Okładka (nid 6286548)

The artist’s urban project, presented in front of the European Parliament in Brussels during the Polish Presidency of the EU in late 2011, will grace Warsaw's central Plac Zbawiciela in Warsaw this spring

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The Handicraft Cooperative invites adults and children alike to create a vibrant arch of blossoms in the colours of a rainbow that will brighten up the centre of Warsaw this spring. Last fall it graced the European Parliament in Brussels during Poland's EU Presidency term, sending an optimistic message of joy, vibrancy, community and tolerance for all EU resident

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Julita Wójcik's "The Rainbow" will fill the Esplanade of the European Parliament. The project was initiated in late July in the Polish seaside resort of Sopot as part of the "Sopot Makes Art for The City of Brussels".

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An interactive public installation of multi-hued array of flowers bring to life Julita Wojcik's concept of "The Rainbow" - which travels to the European Parliament in Brussels later this year.

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"Sopot Makes Art for The City of Brussels‏" is a joint artistic project consisting of an interactive public installation. A multi-hued array of flowers create Julita Wojcik's piece of "The Rainbow" - which travels to the European Parliament in Brussels later this year.

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Julita Wójcik and the Rainbow, photo: Kuba Dąbrowski / Agencja Gazeta

A performance and installation artist, winner of the Polityka Passport Award for Visual Arts in 2013 for her installation piece Rainbow.

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