The first part of the mural, which is 4.2m high and 5m wide, shows 3 insurgents seated on a tank along with the Warsaw Mermaid armed with a sword, symbolizing the defense of the capital.
The other part of the mural, 6m high and 3 m wide, of a more informative nature, contains a short description of the Uprising. It will also show three portraits – one of 12-year-old Witold Modelski, who was the youngest soldier to have ever received the Virtuti Militari, Poland's highest military honour, as well as Ryszard Kossobudzki and Julian Kulski, who moved to the USA after the war.
Julian Kulski admitted he liked the initiative as the history of the USA and Poland are similar in their fights for freedom and independence, and everything that reminds America about what Poles did during World War 2 is of great significance. He added that it is very important for the young people of America to know more about history to help them strengthen their relationships with their Polish peers, which eventually could prove useful, because, as we all know, history repeats itself.
It is to be a living memorial in tribute of the heroic people who fought in the Warsaw Uprising, - stated Grzegorz Fryc, vice-president of Pangea Networks and the main originator of the idea. - It is a modern formula to pay homage to the insurgents and a way to send a message about the Warsaw Uprising to the young generation in the spirit of the contemporary residents of Greenpoint: artists and very creative people. We want to reach these people by using their own language. Every year the mural will be painted again to remember new uprising participants who ended up in the United States.
The mural is to be painted by Rafał Pisarczyk, a Polish-born painter and graphic artist living in New York. Pisarczyk says the project has a personal dimension. He sees it as a tribute to everyone who fought for Poland and died for its freedom. However, he did not want to use brutal imagery, which could be repellent and, as a result, scare people off.
source: press materials, ed by km; translated by Kasia Dolato