I don’t know the artist’s intent behind this painting, but based on the title, it seems to be a visual interpretation of Sator Square, a Latin word square that contains a palindrome.
Detail on the doors of the newly renovated buildings on Próżna Street. Likely this was added as part of the renovation, but for a moment I wondered if this small detail really survived all these decades, hidden behind the boarded up entrances.
This is the type of urban mishmash still commonly found today: pre-WWI brick factory or warehouse buildings, 1990s chunky highrises (I always thought of that building as some sort of neo-brutalist block that somehow never seems to get dirty, instead gleaming brightly against the skyline year after year), and lighter glass architecture from the 2000s, all with more construction on the go.
I originally took this for the same reason we often take photographs: because I thought it looked “cool”. In trying to write this post, I realised I could mention the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the Polish resistance, Polish resistance faction groups, right-wing groups, WWII Polish resistance groups being appropriated by present-day right-wing groups and, possibly, ironic commmentary on all of the above by way of the drug reference.
I think it’s easier to stick to “it looks kind of cool”.