English: AUSCHWITZWIELICZKA. Sculpture by Mirosław Bałka in Zabłocie, Kraków.

Mirosław Bałka's sculpture AUSCHWITZWIELICZKA was created in 2008–2009. The work takes the form of a concrete tunnel 17 metres long, 2.5 metres high, 2.5 metres wide and weighing 17 tonnes. The inscription ‘AUSCHWITZWIELICZKA’ has been cut into the ceiling of the tunnel and is projected onto its walls. As of 2018, the sculpture has been part of the MOCAK (Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków) Collection.
Mirosław Bałka's work is an ironic reference to Krakow tourist offices offer of combined tours to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. This combination advertises the service, but is completely devoid of any reflection on the meaning of these places and the memory that belongs to them. Mirosław Bałka chose the form of a tunnel because it is a symbol of passage. However, there is no passage between the two places, because they are different worlds. One does not merge with the other. The irony is highlighted by merging the names of these places into one word. The material used in this sculpture – raw concrete, often appears in this artist’s works.

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