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Architecture | Socialist Realist Construction Site

June 3, 2012

In 2006 the city of Warsaw upgraded the street, sidewalks and tram tracks on the southern tract of one of the main streets in the city, Marszałkowska Street. After 50 years, the socialist realist workers finally had something to do. (The high relief figures originally made their appearance in the 1950s when that section of the street was rebuilt in the socialist realist style under the communist regime. Marszałkowska Street did sustain significant damage during WWII, but less than was claimed by the communist authorities eager to stamp out the vibrant, pre-war character of the area permanently; many surviving pre-war buildings were demolished.)

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  1. June 3, 2012 1:53 pm

    Nice series and contrasts.

    • June 3, 2012 2:36 pm

      Thank you. It was fun taking these because the construction machinery livened things up; the sculptures are normally a little heavy and dour.

  2. June 4, 2012 5:30 am

    Really great series!

  3. June 6, 2012 6:02 pm

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

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