The tragedy of the displacement of 2/3 of Gdynia residents lies in the description of individual tragedies experienced in appearances of general quietude and order, but at the same time ubiquitous terror. Residents were disappearing, leaving their homes and all belongings. The commemoration of the exodus is an attempt at depicting in stone the experience of tension, fear and despair, felt very personally, but at the same time shared by all 80 thousand residents, and emotions expressed so differently depending on age.
The monument can be divided into the realistic part presenting a mother with two children and a dog away from them, and the abstract part built of multiplied granite floor modules conveying the drama of an apparently peaceful removal, but in reality – displacement of most city residents. The design was arranged on an axis leading to the train station, where residents were rounded up on the platform, and taken away. The repetitiveness of the modules is the symbol of many similar Gdynia families standing on a path of uncertainty about their own and their closest relatives’ fate. The quivering floor, thanks to the varied height of the modules, is supposed to invoke the recipients’ reflection about the unrest and hardship of those events.
Project in cooperation with sculptor Paweł Sasin and Adam Dziejowski. Sculpture photograped by Tomasz Zerek.
1st prize