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Taken 7-Sep-19
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Dimensions8196 x 5792
Original file size6.5 MB
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Date taken7-Sep-19 13:53
Date modified29-Jan-20 22:04
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Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5DS R
Focal length50 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.5
Exposure1/250 at f/5
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ISO speedISO 320
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Among Kraków’s most well-known landmarks, this sculpture in the western corner of the market square is a popular meeting place and at some point serves as a photographic backdrop for almost every tourist who visits the city. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Head’, the bronze body part’s official title is ‘Eros Bendato’ (Eros Bound) and is the work of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj (1944 - 2014). Eros Bendato (Eros Bound) has the feel of an ancient relic that has been excavated and reconstructed. Artist Igor Mitoraj is inspired by ancient cultures and particularly characters from Greek and Roman mythology. In this sculpture, the dismembered head of Eros, the Greek god of love and desire, lies on its side. The artist gifted this work to the city in 2005, sparking controversy over what to do with it. Despite protest from historians and many locals, the sculpture eventually found its current place near the Town Hall Tower, where it has become an unexpected tourist attraction. In summer, children can be seen crawling all over the hollow edifice, sticking their heads and limbs through the eyeholes for camera-snapping parents.