General Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1977)

by Marian Konieczny (1930 - 2017)

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2015 for the Association for Public Art
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
1977

  • Title

    General Tadeusz Kosciuszko

  • Artist

    Marian Konieczny (1930 - 2017)

  • Year

    1977; installed 1978

  • Medium

    Bronze, on white stone base

  • Dimensions

    Height 12', width 3'5" (base height 8', width 7'3")

  • Themes

    The American Revolution, Military Generals

Gift of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia to City of Philadelphia

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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  • Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program

  • Kosciuszko came from Poland to fight in America’s Revolutionary War

  • He lived in Philadelphia in a house that is now the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Kosciuszko came from Poland to fight in America’s Revolutionary War. His brilliant work as a military engineer proved crucial to American victory. Later he served heroically in his own country’s struggle for independence. When he returned briefly to Philadelphia, he lived at Third and Pine Streets in a house that is now the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial.

In honor of the U.S. Bicentennial, the people of Poland donated this bronze sculpture to the City of Philadelphia. The base, provided by the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia, suggests the red and white of the Polish flag.

General Tadeusz Kosciuszko
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Marian Konieczny (1930-2017) was the Polish sculptor who created General Tadeusz Kosciuszko.

Patricia Stewart is an art historian who teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Alex Storozynski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Peasant Prince.

Segment Producer: Lu Olkowski

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