Today in Poland we have a national festival, a remnant of the old times – in the communist time it was the “Labour Day“, celebrated vigorously with street parades and chanting that were (mostly) obligatory. Now it’s (mostly) a day when the people go away to their holiday houses, make grill/barbecue and drink a lot. Well, some still hang out the flags, but not so much paying attention to the prime intention of the policy makers from the past.
To mark this day I decided to go back to the Chilean Museum under the Open Sky and a mural called Tribute to workers, who struggled by which was meant the struggle for their rights in many aspects – this idea was, in change, one that shook the country in 1989…and you know what that triggered all over the communist block.
The artists who created this piece, a collective 12 Brillos, described their work this way:
The mural reflects the struggle of the workers of this land (Chile). Its strength and organization, represented through symbols and images, demonstrates that both the farm worker, the miner, the fisherman and craftsman like many others, are of vital importance for the emergence of society. We also include elements such as birds and flying stones symbolizing the quest for freedom and escape to the oppression of the labor movement in this country. Finally everything is accompanied by the phrase “The hands of the workers raised this land”, summarizing what we wanted to capture through the paint.