Founding father of Wrocław dwarfs

Tomasz Moczek - rzeźbiarz

Tomasz Moczek - rzeźbiarz

Tomasz Moczek is the founding father of the first dwarfs we could see on Wrocław streets.

– I was asked whether I would like to invent a concept of a dwarf, which would become the symbol of Wrocław – recounts Tomasz Moczek, artist andsculptor, the graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. In 2005, his project won recognition of Rafal Dutkiewicz, the mayor of the city. As it turned out, Tomasz Moczek’s efforts were quite effective as the dwarfshave become greatlypopular since that time.

A dwarf is a dwarf …

Wrocław dwarfs are very special and inspire a good deal of sympathy thanks to their character. Although they are neither prettynorperfect, they do leavequite a lot of space for imagination.

A dwarf is a dwarf, of course, of course, butIwanted to showthemin my own way.As a child,I used to imaginedwarfslike this:one dwarf can lift a small apple, butto lift a largeone there need to be two of them – companions. Hence theirsizesays TomaszMoczek. He really didn’t want to create amonumentalsculpture, but rather a people-friendly figure.

Usuallydwarfscauseonly positiveemotions, butas the artist admits, it sometimes happens otherwise.

While fulfilling some of my projects,I was accusedofturpism. Peopleprobablyexpecteda Hollywooddwarf– the artist comments.

The very firstdwarfs were founded by thecity; the successive ones came into beingthanks to investorsassociatedwith Wrocław, who often havea very specificidea of thecharacter.This was the casewith the DwarfFireman.

As if he has always been here.

The work on the figure has several stages. Also its location in the urban area is very important.

– In the first place, I always find a proper location for the dwarf. Usually the location is more or less known, but the dwarf needs to be integratedwiththelandscape– says Tomasz Moczek. He usually looks for a stair or window sill, where a given dwarf would be placed in a natural way and would look as if it has always been here, but we have not noticed it before.

– I would like the dwarf to be telling a story through the place it is located in – says the author of Wrocław dwarfs.

Once the figure has its place, its firm attachment at the base becomes very important. Unfortunately, the little inhabitants of Wrocław are sometimes exposed to acts of vandalism. According to the artist, the bronze sculptureweighingfour kilogramsis not of anysubstantial value, so those whostealdwarfsdon’t do it forprofit, but rather toacquire an attractivesouvenir’. Just in case, each dwarf has a silicon mold which can help prepare a copy.

The dwarfs created by Tomasz Moczek include: Sisyphers on Świdnicka Street, the Washer whocan be foundnext toMost Piaskowy at Ostrow Tumski, Guard from Garnizonowy Square, the Butcher in Jatki Street, Swordsman at Uniwersytecki Square, dwarveslocated near theAqua Park, at the airport, the Contemporary Theatre, Lamplighter (Tumski Bridge), Aeronauts from Borek (Heller Street). Other dwarfs are still in the process ofcreation, bothin the studio of the dwarfs’ founding fatherand of other artists.

Tomasz Moczek, the founding fatherofWrocławdwarfs,graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, he is a sculptor and photography technician. He createsmonuments, sculptures,street furniture, portraits, plaques, trophies, medals, scenery, paintings, graphics, organizes open-airs, activities forchildren and young people, workshops, sculpture anddrawingclasses. See more at his website www.moczek.com.

Agnieszka Grzegorzewska

Tomasz Moczek is the founding father of the first dwarfs we could see on Wrocław streets.

– I was asked whether I would like to invent a concept of a dwarf, which would become the symbol of Wrocław – recounts Tomasz Moczek, artist andsculptor, the graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. In 2005, his project won recognition of Rafal Dutkiewicz, the mayor of the city. As it turned out, Tomasz Moczek’s efforts were quite effective as the dwarfshave become greatlypopular since that time.

A dwarf is a dwarf …

Wrocław dwarfs are very special and inspire a good deal of sympathy thanks to their character. Although they are neither prettynorperfect, they do leavequite a lot of space for imagination.

A dwarf is a dwarf, of course, of course, butIwanted to showthemin my own way.As a child,I used to imaginedwarfslike this:one dwarf can lift a small apple, butto lift a largeone there need to be two of them – companions. Hence theirsizesays TomaszMoczek. He really didn’t want to create amonumentalsculpture, but rather a people-friendly figure.

Usuallydwarfscauseonly positiveemotions, butas the artist admits, it sometimes happens otherwise.

While fulfilling some of my projects,I was accusedofturpism. Peopleprobablyexpecteda Hollywooddwarf– the artist comments.

The very firstdwarfs were founded by thecity; the successive ones came into beingthanks to investorsassociatedwith Wrocław, who often havea very specificidea of thecharacter.This was the casewith the DwarfFireman.

As if he has always been here.

The work on the figure has several stages. Also its location in the urban area is very important.

– In the first place, I always find a proper location for the dwarf. Usually the location is more or less known, but the dwarf needs to be integratedwiththelandscape– says Tomasz Moczek. He usually looks for a stair or window sill, where a given dwarf would be placed in a natural way and would look as if it has always been here, but we have not noticed it before.

– I would like the dwarf to be telling a story through the place it is located in – says the author of Wrocław dwarfs.

Once the figure has its place, its firm attachment at the base becomes very important. Unfortunately, the little inhabitants of Wrocław are sometimes exposed to acts of vandalism. According to the artist, the bronze sculptureweighingfour kilogramsis not of anysubstantial value, so those whostealdwarfsdon’t do it forprofit, but rather toacquire an attractivesouvenir’. Just in case, each dwarf has a silicon mold which can help prepare a copy.

The dwarfs created by Tomasz Moczek include: Sisyphers on Świdnicka Street, the Washer whocan be foundnext toMost Piaskowy at Ostrow Tumski, Guard from Garnizonowy Square, the Butcher in Jatki Street, Swordsman at Uniwersytecki Square, dwarveslocated near theAqua Park, at the airport, the Contemporary Theatre, Lamplighter (Tumski Bridge), Aeronauts from Borek (Heller Street). Other dwarfs are still in the process ofcreation, bothin the studio of the dwarfs’ founding fatherand of other artists.

Tomasz Moczek, the founding fatherofWrocławdwarfs,graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, he is a sculptor and photography technician. He createsmonuments, sculptures,street furniture, portraits, plaques, trophies, medals, scenery, paintings, graphics, organizes open-airs, activities forchildren and young people, workshops, sculpture anddrawingclasses. See more at his website www.moczek.com.

Agnieszka Grzegorzewska