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My trip to Poland started with a re-visit of Ryglice, a little town in the region of Pogórze Karpackie. The word “pogorze” can be translated as a region located “past the mountains”. In this case it refers to Carpathian Mountains which cover large parts of Central Europe. Summarizing, it is a hilly region just north of the Carpathian Mountains.

The Market Square in Ryglice was renovated in 2008. The fountain seen in this photo was unveiled on 21 September 2008. I tried to find some more information about it, but I just found that its author’s name is Jacek Kucaba. The fountain is supposedly titled "Pogórzańska Penelopa” (Penelope from Pogórze). I am not entirely sure what the intentions of the artist were but in the Greek mythology Penelope was the Odysseus’ wife. While he was away travelling around the world, she stayed faithful awaiting his return. It sounds as a monument to all the families who were left by their family members who left in the search for a better life. While the people who undertake distant travel take much higher risks, this monument seems to focus on those who are left to carry the burden of the daily life.

In the Google Maps the fountain is labelled as Monument to the Emigrant. Interestingly, the ball which is about to be kicked by the boy is a miniature globe. It seems that from his or her early childhood the child exhibits the interest to conquer the world… The child has on its T-shirt the circle made of the stars, as in the symbol of the European Union (not visible in this photo).

Much better photos of this fountain are here:

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7634 W: 106 N: 19941] (76311)
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