During the Second World War, Poland has had a hard time. It was the first country for the Nazi’s to conquer and at the end of the war 85 percent of its capital city Warsaw was destroyed by the Nazi’s. The Polish state, however, has one event in that disastrous war to proudly look back on and that was the so-called Warsaw Uprising. From August 1, 1944 the Polish resistance Home Army held resistance for as many as 63 days, making this the largest military effort against the Nazi’s taken by any European country. In Warsaw, a statue called Maly Powstaniec (or: Little Restistance Fighter) commemorates the Warsaw Uprising.
In a 3D film, viewed in the Warsaw Uprising Museum but also to be seen on YouTube, you can see with your own eyes the mess created by the Nazi’s. In this short movie, the makers show you what the city looked like from a helicopter view after the war ended. They couldn’t have chosen a better title for this than ‘City of Ruins’, as this movie painfully exposes the ruins of one of Europe’s largest cities.
For most Polish people living today, the story of the Warsaw Uprising is not a memory, but a story. Nevertheless, it’s still an important story to be told. To show that the younger generation still cares about this not-to-be-forgotten resistance, a Polish 3D printing company called MokeyFab made a 3D print of the Maly Powstaniec statue.
The original statue, which can be seen at Warsaw’s Old Town, was originally designed just after the war, in 1946 by Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz. Almost 40 years later, in 1983, the statue finally was unveiled by professor Jerzy Świderski. The boy featured on the statue is called Antek, a little rebel who wears German military clothes.
As it is the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising this year, the MonkeyFab team thought it would be the perfect time to melt a historic event with today’s techniques. MoneyFab’s Piotr and Paweł Twardo therefore scanned the entire statue. At one afternoon, they made images of all sides of the statue before anyone had found out about it.
Their idea was to give the world a free 3D model f the statue, in order to commemorate the event. In their website, Piotr writes:
“For many of us this statue reminds us of all the times when children visited their grandparents and listened in silence to the stories of the uprising. It’s a symbol of what every Pole has in his heart.”
The team used a Prime3D RepRap-based 3D printer to print out the statue. The 3D model will be an open-source thing, and the MonkeyFab will upload the full 3D model after perfecting all surfaces.
Image credit: MonkeyFab.