“… gay science is so powerful.”
Water and light come together to create a large rainbow installation in the middle of Poland, just in time for Warsaw Pride, three years after the original sculpture was permanently dismantled.
In 2010, Julita Wójcki created the first Tęcza, or The Rainbow. The sculpture was created by decorating a large arch with artificial flowers to make it look like a big rainbow. It was originally placed outside of a monastery to represent the presence of God, the bridge of love, peace, mercy and freedom for sexual minorities. The sculpture was part of a series where others were erected outside of the European Parliament and in Wigry, Poland.
In 2012, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute helped to install another Tęcza in Saviour Square, in Warsaw. The structure was vandalized and destroyed various times by anti-LGBT groups. The Polish media generated significant media coverage around the sculpture, usually to discuss LGBT+ rights in Poland.
The structure was burned numerous times after riots in 2012, 2013 and 2014 before it was permanently dismantled in 2015.
Right-wing protesters and even some parliament members embraced the destruction of the rainbow. A video of the sculpture burning went viral on YouTube. One nationalist could be seen attempting to light a cigarette in the flames. Bartosz Kownacki, a member of Polish Parliament, commented “The faggot rainbow is burning” on Facebook.
Now the Tęcza stands at the same site where the previous stood, but it is formed using science. Water vapour is emitted and light bounces off of it allowing a holographic rainbow to be seen.
The monument was organised with help from the Love Does Not Exclude Association.
Ola Muzinska, association chairperson, said, “This rainbow signifies the start of a wider campaign to raise awareness of LGBT rights and in particular the fight for marriage equality in Poland” in an interview with The Telegraph.
The rainbow received huge support from Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook users.
a 2012 art installation of a rainbow in support of the lgbt community in warsaw was repeatedly burnt down vandalized and eventually stripped down only to make a comeback for 2018 pride parade as a literal rainbow so it's indestructible and here to stay gay science is so powerful pic.twitter.com/SA7gFswjsq
— 𝓸𝓵𝓪 (@VOlLADAVlS) June 8, 2018
It premiered the night before Warsaw Pride, signifying the start of pride month and perhaps, a change in Polish views on LGBT+ rights.
© 2018 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.
GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBT+ community since 1988.
During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.
GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBT+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBT+ media.