Even in a city well accustomed to strange, striking and stimulating wall art, artist Bruno Althamer’s depiction of Kora has won blanket praise from all quarters. Painted as part of a nationwide action to commemorate the great women of Poland, the work has been positioned in such a way that Kora’s image will ‘grow hair’ once the surrounding trees and plants begin blooming in spring. Kora – a best-selling rock artist and media personality – lost her battle against ovarian cancer in 2018 but inspired a new generation of followers with her dignified battle against illness.
Officially unveiled on January 17th, her husband spoke at the ceremony of the values she embodied, reminding the assembled crowd of the importance she attached to love, openness and tolerance – a hot topic given Poland’s toxic political climate and the recent murder of Gdańsk mayor, Paweł Adamowicz. Those wishing to view the mural will find it set behind the Branicki Palace on Nowy Świat 18/20.