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The Partisans sculpture is located at the elevated level of the Silver Line MBTA station next to the World Trade Center in South Boston.
The Partisans is a 23.3' by 13.3' by 32.5' aluminum sculpture depicting five soldiers on horseback, each carrying spears on their back. The sculpture is dedicated to Polish underground fighters who fought the against both the German and Soviet Union forces during World War II and the subsequent Communist government of Poland. It was originally placed on the Boston Common in 1983 and in 2006 moved to its current location, because of structural concerns.
According to the creator Andrzej Pitynski they represent:
"Five armed riders in a marching formation; five desperate men who resemble forest ghosts more than they resemble human beings ... five partisans who are tattered, mortally tired, who are bleeding from endless battles, escapes, skirmishes ... immersed with their own thoughts about the tragedy of their nation, who are riding their horses, stumbling from exhaustion."
A plaque in front of the sculpture is inscribed:
by Andrzej Pitynski
THE SCULPTURE DEPICTS
POLISH UNDERGROUND FIGHTERS
WHO BATTLED THE GERMAN AND SOVIET
FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II
AND LATER THE COMMUNIST
REGIME OF POLAND
SINCE AUGUST 2006 ON LOAN FROM THE SCULPTURE FOUNDATION TO
MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Daniel A. Grabauskas, General Manager