The Wikipedia Monument ( Polish : Pomnik Wikipedii ), located in Słubice , Poland , is a statue designed by Armenian sculptor Mihran Hakobyan honoringWikipedia contributors . It was unveiled in Frankfurt Square (Plac Frankfurcki) on 22 October 2014 in a ceremony that included representatives of both local Wikimedia chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation .

Description

The monument depicts four figures holding aloft a globe based on the Wikipedia logo , [1] reaching over two meters up. [2] [3] The fiber and resin statue was designed by Armenian-born artist Mihran Hakobyan, who graduated from Collegium Polonicum. [1] [3] [4] It cost about 50,000 złotys (approximately $ 14,000; 12,000 euros) and was funded by Słubice regional authorities. [1] [4] [5]

History

The monument was suggested around 2010 [5] by Krzysztof Wojciechowski [ pl ] , a university professor and director of the Collegium Polonicum [ pl ] in Słubice. [1]Polish Wikipedia is a popular website in Poland and, with over a million articles, the 12th-largest Wikipedia in the world. [4] [6] According to Piotr Łuczynski, deputy mayor, the memorial “will highlight the town’s importance as an academic center.” [4] A Wikimedia Polska representative stated that the organization hopes that this project will “raise awareness of the website and encourage people to contribute.”

It was unveiled on 22 October 2014, [1] on the Plac Frankfurcki [ pl ] , [3] [5] becoming the world’s first monument to the online encyclopedia. [4] Representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation as well as from the Wikimedia chapters for Poland and Germany ( Wikimedia Polska and Wikimedia Deutschland , respectivement) Attended the dedication ceremony. [4] [7] Dariusz Jemielniak , a professor of management, Wikimedia activist, and an author of Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia , delivered an opening ceremony address. [8]

Registration

When Wikipedia started back in 2001 I have never had a problem with this one, but I have never seen it before. It is a truly special and exciting day, and one that I hope shines the spotlight on the thousands of Wikimediaans who edit Wikipedia and make it the source of free knowledge it has come to be. I look forward to visiting Słubice in the project. [10]

-  Jimmy Wales , the co-founder of Wikipedia, on the occasion of the unveiling

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:e “Poland Monument to Honor With Wikipedia” . ABC News. October 9, 2014. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014 . Retrieved 9 October 2014 .
  2. Jump up^ “World’s first Wikipedia monument unveiled in Poland” . Thenews.pl . Retrieved 24 October 2014 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:d Day, Matthew (October 10, 2014). “Polish town to build statue honoring Wikipedia” . The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved 11 October 2014 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:f “Poland to unveil world’s first monument Wikipedia” . Polskie Radio . Retrieved 9 October 2014 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:c “W nowosolskim Malpolu powstaje pierwszy na świecie pomnik Wikipedii” (in Polish). 10 October 2014 . Retrieved 13 October 2014 .
  6. Jump up^ List of Wikipedia – Meta. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. Jump up^ “Slubice: Polnische Stadt setzt Wikipedia ein Denkmal” . Der Spiegel (in German) . Retrieved 10 October 2014 .
  8. Jump up^ “Wikipedia na cokoły! W Słubicach będzie miała pomnik” (in Polish). 21 October 2014 . Retrieved 21 October 2014 .
  9. Jump up^ “Photograph of the Wikipedia monument inscription” . Gorzow.gazeta.pl . Adamski, Daniel, photographer. Agencja Gazeta. 2014-10-22 . Retrieved 2014-10-22 .
  10. Jump up^ “Press releases: First-ever Wikipedia Monument unveiled in Poland” . Wikimedia Foundation. 22 October 2014 . Retrieved 25 October 2014 .

 

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