Pitynski's 'The Partisans': never-ending trek on Boston Common

A monumental sculpture by Polish sculptor Andrew Pitynski, entitled ''The Partisans,'' was unveiled on a chilly, gray afternoon last week on the Boston Common.

The larger-than-life, 3,500-pound, cast-aluminum work depicts five armed and mounted lancers of various ages, wandering through a forest - cold, dejected, and wet.

Mr. Pitynski, born in 1947 in a forest near Ulanow, Poland, was raised by his partisan parents who were members of an underground group called the National Army Organization.

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At the unveiling, Pitynski noted that Boston, with its freedom-fighter tradition, was a fitting place for ''The Partisans'' to be exhibited. The artist , now on the staff of the Johnson Atelier-Technical Institute of Sculpture in Princeton, N.J., dedicated the work to ''all of those who fought and are fighting in a war of freedom.''

The sculpture will be on exhibition on the Boston Common for one month, after which it will be moved to a yet unspecified location for eight months.

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