Kawelin Dog Sculpture
Kawelin Dog Sculpture
An open mouth, pendulous abdomen, protruding eyes – this is how the pictures portray dog “Kawelin” made in 1936 by Piotr Sawicki, later Białystok Puppet Theatre creator’s father. It was standing in park, pleased the eye and was used as dustbin. The sculpture had some magical powers within because no matter how ugly it was, it was still nice, kids, tourists and even entire families took pictures with it. This nice dog was called “Kawelin”, supposedly due to resemblance to an tsar colonel Mikołaj Kawelin, who settled in the region and sometimes staying in Ritz hotel. In 1944 the park’s attraction was gone. A rumor says that retreating Nazis took the sculpture with them thinking it was an antique.
Kawelin truth and myth
During Białystok’s existance there were many people who permanently have found their place in city’s history both the old and new. It is men who make the history in fact. Some of them due to ideology were not allowed to be spoken about. They were meant to be forgotten along with their contributions to the city. Currently historians and sport activists try to remind people about some of them and their achievements. Such character is Mikołaj Kawelin. Colonel was known for his catfish moustache and legendary ugliness and eccentric actions. Unofficially his name was given to made in 1936 monument. Kawelin was very rich and owned several thousand hectares of forests as well as sawmills and dairies. After the start of the Second World War he moved to Warsaw where in summer 1944 he died. He was buried on Orthodox cemetery in Wola.
Interesting facts about Kawelin
One day Mikołaj Kawelin leaving his hotel Ritz apartment ordered all carriages in front of hotel. While he sat personally in the first one, he put his jacket in the second one, his hat in third and so on. He ordered all of them to bring him and his things to his mansion in Majówka. His loud voice could be heard for long as important city personalities were forced to walk in the middle of the night all the way home.
One time Kawelin came to hotel Ritz on a horse and used open in summer time windows to get inside hotel restaurant and went to the bar with surprised and terrified guests eyes on him. Surprised barman was ordered to open a champagne and pour it to two glasses. He drank one himself and ordered the second one to be given to the horse.