so, I will 'torture' you with some other subjects this or another way related with plants, flowers or just nature :) I hope it will be still interesting and I assure you it is still garden blog :)
Today - I cooked for you little art, history and history burlesque .... voila!
Is this a snapshot made in the city with the warm climate?
This is center of Warsaw, capitol of Poland, USDA zone 6.
To make it even more interesting, the building behind is the former 'eye of an evil' - headquarter of Polish Communist Party, built 1948-52.
In the communist times commonly called by people 'House under the blockheads (rams)'.
On the picture below there is special 'contribution banknote' issued in 40-ties to co-finance the construction of the building by the citizens. It says 'We build the house together'.
Since 1991 there was financial center and Warsaw Stock Exchange - isn't it just a 'history laughing loud'??
Palm tree that size, in that place - looks odd. More. It is not real. It is Art-ificial.
Yes, I wrote ARTIFICIAL. 15m high, produced in USA in 2002. It already lost its leafs completely, but as you can see they grew again ;)
It is a very controversial artistic project of Joanna Rajkowska. This is public project in the city space.
There is a story behind. One of the main streets in Warsaw is Jerusalem Avenue (Aleje Jerozolimskie).
Name is rooted in XVII century, when there was an estate for Jews founded beyond city toll-gates - it was named New Jerusalem. From that the avenue was named first Jerusalem Road, then Jerusalem Avenue and it lasted until today.
Palm tree by Rajkowska is polarising a lot. Many people hate it, because it dares to be different.
I see it as a symbol of changes of a country that was for 45 years dying under communists regime and now, after 18 years of changes and progress, still is searching...
The picture above is the banknote from 1988, in so called 'secondary circulation', where somebody stamped: big letters 'Communism farewell', small square stamp on the left, there is picture of Lenin praying 'Proletarians of all countries forgive me'.
Coming back to palm tree, there is an advantage too: easy to locate yourself if you are a tourist or you come from outside of Warsaw, right. You say: 'that square with palm tree' and its clear!
More story you may find here - on special website dedicated to palm tree in Warsaw.