Sunday, 4 December 2011
This recently unveiled monument of Fryderyk Chopin stands in Deansgate at the edge of the city centre's main shopping district. It marks the occasion when the Polish genius performed in Manchester in August 1848 at the Gentleman's Concert Hall, despite his failing health. Chopin died not long afterwards aged 39.
The Polish Heritage Society conceived the idea of a monument. Commissioned by The Chopin Memorial Monument Committee and The Polish Consulate, the sculptor is Robert Sobocinski, a Polish artist from Poznan.
The work depicts Chopin at the piano gazing across at his muse Baroness Aurore Lucile Dupon. Carved into the work is an eagle in flight – the symbol of Poland for over 1,000 years – and a battle scene symbolising the Polish fight for freedom. The bronze monument measures 4 metres high and 2.5 metres wide and is set on a sandstone plinth.