Wikipedia Monument

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Wikipedia Monument
Polish: Pomnik Wikipedii
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Artist Mihran Hakobyan
Year22 October 2014 (2014-10-22)
Subject Wikipedia community
Dimensions250 cm× 60 cm× 60 cm(98 in× 24 in× 24 in)
Location Słubice, Poland
Coordinates 52°20′57.5″N14°33′37.3″E / 52.349306°N 14.560361°E / 52.349306; 14.560361 Coordinates: 52°20′57.5″N14°33′37.3″E / 52.349306°N 14.560361°E / 52.349306; 14.560361
OwnerSłubice regional authorities

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

Polish language West Slavic language spoken in Poland

Polish is a West Slavic language of the Lechitic group. It is spoken primarily in Poland and serves as the native language of the Poles. In addition to being an official language of Poland, it is also used by Polish minorities in other countries. There are over 50 million Polish-language speakers around the world and it is one of the official languages of the European Union.

Słubice Place in Lubusz Voivodeship, Poland

Słubice is a border town in the Lubusz Voivodeship of western Poland. Located on the Oder river, directly opposite the city of Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany, of which it was a part until 1945. At the 2011 census, the town had a total population of 18,000. Previously located in the Gorzów Wielkopolski Voivodeship (1975–1998), the town is currently the capital of Słubice County and the administrative seat of the Gmina Słubice. It is part of the historical region of Lubusz Land.

Poland Republic in Central Europe

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions, covering an area of 312,696 square kilometres (120,733 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. Poland's capital and largest metropolis is Warsaw. Other major cities include Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.



The monument depicts four nude figures holding aloft a globe based on the Wikipedia logo, [1] reaching over two metres (6 ft 7 in) 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 $13,500; 11,700 euros) and was funded by Słubice regional authorities. [1] [4] [5]

Nude (art) work of art that has as its primary subject the unclothed human body

The nude figure is a tradition in Western art, and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art, and after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. In one sense, a nude is a work of fine art that has as its primary subject the unclothed human body, forming a subject genre of art, in the same way as landscapes and still life. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history painting, including allegorical and religious art, portraiture, or the decorative arts.

Fiberglass (US) or fibreglass (UK) is a common type of fiber-reinforced plastic using glass fiber. The fibers may be randomly arranged, flattened into a sheet, or woven into a fabric. The plastic matrix may be a thermoset polymer matrix—most often based on thermosetting polymers such as epoxy, polyester resin, or vinylester—or a thermoplastic.

Resin solid or highly viscous substance of plant or synthetic origin

In polymer chemistry and materials science, resin is a solid or highly viscous substance of plant or synthetic origin that is typically convertible into polymers. Resins are usually mixtures of organic compounds. This article focuses on naturally occurring resins.


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 centre". [4] A Wikimedia Polska representative stated that the organization hopes that this project will "raise awareness of the website and encourage people to contribute." [3]

Polish Wikipedia Wikipedia in Polish language version

The Polish Wikipedia is the Polish-language edition of Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. Founded on September 26, 2001, it now has around 1,366,000 articles, making it the 10th-largest Wikipedia edition overall. It is also the second-largest edition in a Slavic language, after the Russian Wikipedia.

Wikimedia Polska official Wikimedia organization in Poland

Wikimedia Polska is a Polish public benefit organization established to support volunteers in Poland who work on Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia. As such, it is a Wikimedia chapter approved by the Wikimedia Foundation which owns and hosts those projects.

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, respectively) 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]

Wikimedia Foundation American non-profit charitable organization

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is an American non-profit and charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is mostly known for participating in the Wikimedia movement. It owns the internet domain names of most movement projects and hosts sites like Wikipedia. The foundation was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sibling projects through non-profit means.

Dariusz Jemielniak professor of management

Dariusz Jemielniak is a full professor of management, the head of the Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces (CROW), and a founder of New Research on Digital Societies (NeRDS) group at Kozminski University. His interests revolve about critical management studies, open collaboration projects, narrativity, storytelling, knowledge-intensive organizations, virtual communities, organizational archetypes, all studied by interpretive and qualitative methods. In 2015, he was elected to the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees.


With this monument the citizens of Słubice would like to pay homage to thousands of anonymous editors all over the world, who have contributed voluntarily to the creation of Wikipedia, the greatest project co-created by people regardless of political, religious or cultural borders. In the year this monument is unveiled Wikipedia is available in more than 280 languages and contains about 30 million articles. The benefactors behind this monument feel certain that with Wikipedia as one of its pillars the knowledge society will be able to contribute to the sustainable development of our civilization, social justice and peace among nations. [9]

Statement from Jimmy Wales

When Wikipedia started back in 2001 I have to say that I never imagined a day when Wikipedia would be honored with a monument – we write about them, we photograph them with our Wiki Loves Monuments competition, and now we have a monument of our own. It is a truly special and exciting day, and one that I hope shines the spotlight on the thousands of Wikimedians who edit Wikipedia and make it the source of free knowledge it has come to be. I look forward to visiting Słubice one day to see the monument for myself and perhaps meeting some of those involved in the project. [10]

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

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