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The Wikipedia Monument Polish: Pomnik Wikipedii, located in Słubice, Poland, is a statue designed by Armenian sculptor Mihran Hakobyan honoring Wikipedia contributors The fiber and resin sculpture cost about 50,000 złotys approximately US$14,000 or €12,000 and was funded by Słubice regional authorities 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


  • 1 Description
  • 2 History
  • 3 Inscription
  • 4 Statement from Jimmy Wales
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


The monument depicts four figures holding aloft a globe based on the Wikipedia logo, reaching over two meters up The fiber and resin statue was designed by Armenian-born artist Mihran Hakobyan, who graduated from Collegium Polonicum It cost about 50,000 złotys approximately $14,000; 12,000 euros and was funded by Słubice regional authorities


The monument was suggested around 2010 by Krzysztof Wojciechowski, a university professor and director of the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice Wojciechowski said, "I'm ready to drop to my knees before Wikipedia, that's why I thought of a monument where I could do it" Polish Wikipedia is a popular website in Poland and, with over a million articles, the 12th-largest Wikipedia in the world According to Piotr Łuczynski, deputy mayor, the memorial "will highlight the town’s importance as an academic centre" A Wikimedia Polska representative stated that the organization hopes that this project will "raise awareness of the website and encourage people to contribute"

It was unveiled on 22 October 2014, on the Plac Frankfurcki, becoming the world's first monument to the online encyclopedia 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 Dariusz Jemielniak, a professor of management, Wikimedia activist, and an author of Common Knowledge An Ethnography of Wikipedia, delivered an opening ceremony address


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

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

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


  1. ^ a b c d e "Poland to Honor Wikipedia With Monument" ABC News 9 October 2014 Retrieved 9 October 2014 
  2. ^ "World's first Wikipedia monument unveiled in Poland" thenewspl Retrieved 24 October 2014 
  3. ^ a b c d Day, Matthew 10 October 2014 "Polish town to build statue honouring Wikipedia" The Daily Telegraph Retrieved 11 October 2014 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Poland to unveil world's first Wikipedia monument" Polskie Radio Retrieved 9 October 2014 
  5. ^ a b c "W nowosolskim Malpolu powstaje pierwszy na świecie pomnik Wikipedii" in Polish 10 October 2014 Retrieved 13 October 2014 
  6. ^ List of Wikipedias – Meta Retrieved 8 September 2014
  7. ^ "Slubice: Polnische Stadt setzt Wikipedia ein Denkmal" Der Spiegel in German Retrieved 10 October 2014 
  8. ^ "Wikipedia na cokoły! W Słubicach będzie miała pomnik" in Polish 21 October 2014 Retrieved 21 October 2014 
  9. ^ "Photograph of the Wikipedia monument inscription" gorzowgazetapl Adamski, Daniel, photographer Agencja Gazeta 2014-10-22 Retrieved 2014-10-22 
  10. ^ "Press releases: First-ever Wikipedia Monument unveiled in Poland" Wikimedia Foundation 22 October 2014 Retrieved 25 October 2014 

External links

  • Press release: First-ever Wikipedia Monument unveiled in Poland, Wikimedia Foundation
  • Poland portal
  • Visual arts portal

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