Pomnik Walki i Pracy - "Żyrafa"


  • Address: Tychy
The City icon. It was sculpted by Augustyn Dyrda and stands in the City Park. Its actual name is ‘Monument to Fight and Work’, however, in the 1990s – thanks to the peculiar shape – it acquired its common name ‘Giraffe’.  The sculpture was made for the competition organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the People’s Republic of Poland. The official unveiling of the monument took place in 1975, in an exceptionally solemn atmosphere, witnessed by about 40 thousand onlookers, and with the performance of the 1000-person choir of teenagers. The sculpture consists of three parts. The first, clear part, is a  symbol of two communities – the Silesian indigenous people and incoming group of people, who had to integrate while living together in one city. The second part shows silhouettes of workers and young people coming to Tychy to establish families and homes. The third part is formed by already joined pylons, topped by an eagle – they are symbols of already integrated, connected forces and fates of those two various communities. Many city events, concerts and fairs are organised in the park next to the Giraffe. There are beer gardens in summer and a  skate rink in winter.

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