We warmly invite you to visit the Wabi Sabi tunnel and learn about Silesian legends! Project location – the tunnel by the City Point shopping center in Tychy. Let the flow of Melusine guide you through the tunnel filled with wonders of the Silesian legends. Melusine is a figure of European folklore, a female spirit of fresh water in a holy well or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid). To this day the people of Silesia can hear her cry through the wind. 🌬 Are you lost? If you see a really short man with hair looking like ears of grain, watch out! Who was Polewnik? He was depicted as an unnaturally short man with a grainy complexion, with ears of grain instead of facial hair. Supposedly he walked the fields, sometimes at noon, occasionally at sunset, and played at the expense of those he encountered, leading them off in the wrong direction. You are at the end of the tunnel – so look out for the glowing, green-eyed miner – a ghost of a former miner called the Treasurer. If you roam the tunnel in peace and with respect, he will only keep an eye on you and warn you if there’s danger, but if you make him angry, run! The Treasurer is a spirit in the shape of an old man with eyes that glow in the dark. According to the story, he was a former miner called Walenty, who was completely obsessed with his work. As he aged he made a plea to God to let him stay in the mines after he died. His wish was granted and now he roams the coal mine. Can you believe all this was created from trash?

Andrew Byrne, Architect, Ireland
Deimis Bakunas, architect, Ireland

Andrew Galea (Malta), Blanka Przedpełska (Poland), Bogusława Szlachciak (Poland), Julia Siemonov (Croatia), Marc Aquilina (Malta), Nola Bokun (Croatia), Leyla Abou-chedid (Lebanon), Robyn Harfouche (Lebanon)

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