A New Polish American Heritage Sculpture
For the Gazette
STEVENS POINT – The Polish Heritage Awareness Society and Heritage of Portage County, Inc. are hosting a 10 a.m. unveiling ceremony for the sculpture, For Your Freedom and Ours, created by artist Boleslaw Kochanowski on Sept. 18, at the Cultural Commons within the grounds of Pfiffner Pioneer Park located at 1100 Crosby Ave, Stevens Point.
When Kochanowski was asked by members of Heritage of Portage County to design and create a sculpture for the Polish garden section of the Stevens Point Cultural Commons, Kochanowski said he already had an idea for the sculpture, “There has always been a Polish influence in America. They came as Pilgrims to Jamestown. Even helped create the nation when Polish Generals Pulaski and Kosciuszko gave their leadership support to George Washington during the Revolutionary War.” Kochanowski designed the over twenty-foot tall corten and stainless-steel sculpture, For Your Freedom and Ours, to convey that interwoven history. “I started by incorporating the American bald eagle and the Polish white eagle as they are preeminent iconic symbols of these two nations.” At the unveiling ceremony, Kochanowski will explain other aspects of the sculpture and the meanings associated with them.
While the local Polish heritage communities are enthusiastic about the Freedom sculpture, it is also getting attention nationally, as well as in Poland. Guest speakers for the event include Consul Paulina Szafałowicz, from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago; Frank Spula, President of the Polish National Alliance; and David Rydzewski, National Director of the Wisconsin Division of the Polish American Congress, Rydzewski stated, “This monument is likely the most important work dedicated to Polonia since the Kosciuszko monument dedication in Milwaukee in 1906.”
A blacksmith by training, Kochanowski has his work across the country. You can see more on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or his website https://www.boleslawkochanowski.com/.