5. Polish Garden (1934)
Located at the corner of St. Clair and East Boulevard, the Polish Cultural Garden was dedicated in 1934, with the planting of an elm tree from Poland. Originally designed as a sunken, hexagonal court, the Polish Garden was designed with organic material from Poland. At its center stands an octagonal fountain, built primarily with small donations from schoolchildren in 1953.

Surrounding this central feature are seven busts to Polish artists and scientists, each dedicated between 1947 and 1966: Frederic Chopin, Nicholas Copernicus, Maria Sklodowska Curie, Maria Konopnicka, Adam Mickiewicz, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Henryk Sienkiewicz. Subsequently most of the original busts disappeared.  As of 2013, the busts in the Garden are Frederic Chopin (2010 replica); Nicholas Copernicus (1961 replica); Maria Sklodowska Curie (2009 replica); Adam Mickiewicz (2013 replica),Ignace Jan Paderewski (2011 replica), and Henryk Sienkiewicz (2001 replica).  The Konopnicka bust will be restored in the future.

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Art and Sculpture Inventory
Title Artist Date Description
Adam Mickiewicz Bust   unknown   1949   One of the most import slavic poets of the nineteenth centur...  
Bronze fountain   Mazzoline   1953   The fountain is decorated with allegorical figures that repr...  
Frederic Chopin Bust   Dienes   1947   A 19th century musician, Chopin is perhaps the most influent...  
Henryk Sienkiewicz Bust   Mazzoline   1949   Winner of the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature, Sienkiewicz is...  
Ignace Jan Paderewski Bust   Mazzoline   1947   A piano virtuoso, Paderewski was also an equally successful ...  
Maria Konopnicka Bust   unknown   1952   Konopnicka's writings championed Polish patriotism, as well ...  
Maria Sklodowska Curie Bust   Jirouch   1949   Born in Warsaw, Curie pioneered the study of radioactivity. ...  
Nicholas Copernicus Bust   Frank Jirouch   Inst   A noted 16th century astronomer, Copernicus argued that the ...  
Maria Sklodowska-Curie Bust-2009   Maria Sklodowska-Curie Bust-2009   June   Replacement bust of Mme Curie dedicated June 7, 2009. Sculpt...  
Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin   Mark Olitski-Studio Foundry   2010   Recreation of original, and lost, bust by Frank Jirouch, usi...  
Paderewski Bust 2011   David & Michael Deming   2011  

Replacement for the missing, original bronze bust.  ...

 
Copernicus Replica Bust   Frank Jiroush   1996  

Granite replica of Frank Jiroush's original bronze bust. ...

 
Frédéric Chopin (2010 replacement bust)   n/a   2010   Polish composer and virtuoso pianist.  Master of Romant...  
Adam Mickiewicz replica bust (2013)   Frank Jirouch   2013   Replicated bust from the original bust's plaster mold. Stud...