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The Wroclaw Dwarfs

The Wrocław Dwarfs: From Political Protest to Silliness for its own Sake
Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Polish city of Wrocław was, in the 1980s, still in the thrall of an authoritarian communist regime.  A dissident protest movement, Orange Underground, evolved to peacefully protest against the regime as part of the wider Solidarity movement.  These protests would be as nonsensical as possible, so that the police could not arrest its members without becoming a laughing stock.  When the authorities painted over anti-government graffiti, Orange Underground moved to respond. In perhaps its most fondly remembered antic, its members painted dwarfs on top of the whitewash. This was commemorated in 2001: with the country now a democratic state, the council placed a sculpture of a dwarf on the city’s Świdnicka Street.  It didn’t stop there.
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Jul. 4th, 2014 10:01 am (UTC)
Coming soon: Dwarf Spotting Tours of Wroclaw! (It's silly enough that we'd go....)
Jul. 6th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
So would I if I could get there - as it is, I have to console myself with watching out for angels in LA, or.. well, just about anything in Venice (CA), my favorite place to take walks in.
Jul. 6th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
I've been mildly curious about Venice, CA, for awhile. I'm going to fire up Google Earth and get a peek. You make it sound like the Seed & Feed's outrageous band costumes -- always something to see! (seedandfeed.org)
Jul. 7th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
In that case I particularly recommend the beach boardwalk, populated by people like the Tree Man, and though the heyday of Muscle Beach may be long gone, you still get the odd bodybuilder. Try Googling Venice beach set to image and you should get all sorts of interesting results.
Jul. 7th, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
I did that. It looks pretty, interesting, & hot! My default setting is "shade, please.". That said, I think I'd enjoy cruising it on a bike (the better to ease quickly out of the busy bits when the introversion kicks in).
Jul. 7th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Venice in general is a good place to wander around, or kick back. I've got a small imaginary world set in Venice, based on the general ambiance, that I like to play around with though I've not yet thought of anything to do with it. But if I ever write anything set in "Austen Street", that's where it "is". :)

Edited at 2014-07-07 11:29 pm (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
These are awesome. Thanks so much!

Happy Fourth!
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