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Neon Side Gallery
This brilliant neon lane is one of Wroclaw’s greatest secret jewels, tucked between three old buildings in the heart of downtown.The space is set out as an interior courtyard, with two pathways along either side. Old neon signs have been gathered from all around the nation and are displayed on the exterior of the structures. Regional graffiti artists have taken use of the empty wall surface in or around the signage to produce amazing pieces of art, the colours and topics of which complete the look the neon lights.
The atmosphere is ideal for what the banners signify, which makes this location even more fantastic. Because many of these are vintage communist-era signage, they have a mechanical sense to them.
Warsaw was hit particularly heavily during the Second World War, with nearly 90% of the city’s structures heavily damaged. Rather of modernising after the conflict like several other European towns did, the authorities opted to reconstruct the town in the style of its glory period in the late eighteenth century.
This recreation of old Warsaw was a method to pass on to subsequent generations the city’s vanished landmarks, albeit if they had been not the original ones. Surprisingly, many of the designs for the reconstructed Old Town were based on a set of works by Bernardo Bellotto, a Venetian urban landscape designer. The project was cancelled as Poland suffered the loss including both Prussia and Austria.
The Italian artist, often known as Canaletto, stayed in Warsaw in the 1790s and painted over 20 intricate pictures of the town. The artist employed the time lapse method to portray the metropolitan scene, in which he projected a picture onto his painting and then painted over it, culminating including almost technical perfection. As a result, his drawings were a critical resource in the rebuilding of the old town, often serving as the only information source about structures that had vanished entirely.
For so many decades, the Bellotto artworks were on exhibit in Warsaw’s National Museum, till they were eventually transported to a chamber in the restored Royal Castle in 1980, where they will be still standing today.
Till now, Bellotto’s realism has been challenged, and it’s now thought that he used his pictures to express himself artistically, frequently making structures and surroundings more intriguing than fact. Even though the town is mainly based on the decorations of an Italian artist, its rebuilding symbolises the Polish folk’s unwavering resolve and success in reclaiming their heritage. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Warsaw’s Old Town and Royal Castle was put on the list as a accurate portrayal of relatively close rebuilding of a course of its history from the 13th to the mid – twentieth century.