Monument to Filus

Monument to Filus, Torun: Address, Monument to Filus Reviews: 4.5/5

Monument to Filus
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,319 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Filuś is a small, cast-in bronze small mutt, sitting in the north-east corner of the Old Town Square in Torun. It is waiting there for his master. It is holding a bowler hat in its mouth and watching the umbrella which is leaning against the lantern.
The friendly dog is a companion of the famous professor Filutek, the character of the funny drawing stories. It was published during the gloomy days of Polish People’s Republic in the popular Cracow cultural weekly magazine ‘Przekrój’ which has been published continuously since 1948. The main creator of the character was Zbigniew Lengren, who died in 2003, an illustrator and caricaturist who lived in Toruń in his youth and studied at the university there.
Written May 28, 2021
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Teejay_mk1
9 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Filus is the cutest statue I’ve ever seen. He spends his time being petted by THOUSANDS of people each day. I fell in love with him.

Filus was the dog of Professor Filutek, they were popular comic strip characters for 50 years. At the end the story, Professor Filutek disappeared, leaving Just his hat and his umbrella. Filus sits in the square waiting for his master to return.
Written May 30, 2018
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL642 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We saw this bronze dog and saw a bunch of people petting it but weren't sure what it was. Turns out it'd form a comic strip. Take a few seconds to look closely at it because it is very realistic.
Written June 29, 2018
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Kate G
Nhulunbuy, Australia180 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
All around Torun you can spot sculptures and on the roads, walls and in windows. This is very popular on the square. Always seeing people having their photo taken which is a reminder of a polish cartoonist.
Written August 30, 2018
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,651 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Finding this sculpture was like going on a treasure hunt. I found this monument on one of the corners of the square - behind the Town Hall, about a block away from the Copernicus statue. The bronze sculpture consists of an umbrella and a small baby dog holding onto a bowler hat. Since it is so small - about knee height - this sculpture can easily be missed as it is not on a high pedestal. In fact, there is no pedestal. You may think that the pedestrians on the corner of the street are waiting for the green man, but actually they are crowded around this sculpture. It's popular just like the characters were when they appeared in a comic strip in post-war Polish newspapers

On the wall of the building beside the sculpture was an information board in Polish/English/German that explained the importance of this monument. A Polish caricature artist created a popular comic strip in 1948 for the weekly Polish newspapers about Professor Filutek and his dog Filus. They have many adventures but, essentially, its comic feature was that the professor, a dull character, needs life explained to him. The sculpture shows a cute puppy waiting for his master to pick up his umbrella and bowler hat to go off on another adventure. I could almost see the puppy wagging its raised tail in anticipation. Without the information board, I would have wondered about the purpose of this sculpture on a street corner. Also, I would have missed this sculpture had I not had location information about it. I finally found it at the corner of Cheminska and Panny Marii streets - a great treasure hunt!
Written August 15, 2018
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Mawson W
Western Australia199 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Nice to see street art that is relevant to modern society. One of many interesting sculptures around the town.
Written June 9, 2018
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annampolonia
Warsaw, Poland6 contributions
Jul 2021
Good for play with children, to find out more about Torun. Easy to find, nice sculpture. Developing the imagination
Written August 2, 2021
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
Dec 2019
The dog seems to have been very important and it was the main character of some cartoons, so now he is remembered by having a statue.
Written November 27, 2020
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Ula and Tom (the bombs)
Leszno, Poland34 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Very well behaved dog. Not too needy. Although confusion caused around it’s name, we were convinced it was James. I think James agreed.
Written September 6, 2020
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Ernie H
Cardiff, UK1,574 contributions
Mar 2020
You have to appreciate public art that actually has a meaning. To those that don't know it there is a plaque on the adjacent wall that tells you that he is waiting for his master to return. Guess he did a Reggie Perrin!
Written March 15, 2020
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