The Wikipedia Monument, located in Słubice, Poland, is a statue designed by Armenian sculptor Mihran Hakobyan honoring Wikipedia contributors. The fiber and resin sculpture cost about 50,000 złotys (approximately $14,000; 12,000 euros) and was funded by Słubice regional authorities. It was unveiled in Frankfurt Square (Plac Frankfurcki) on 22 October 2014 in a ceremony that included representatives from both local Wikimedia chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation.
The monument was suggested around 2010 by Krzysztof Wojciechowski(pl), a university professor and director of the Collegium Polonicum(pl) in Słubice. Wojciechowski said, “I’m ready to drop to my knees before Wikipedia, that’s why I thought of a monument where I could do it.” Polish Wikipedia is a popular website in Poland, and at over a million articles, the 12th largest Wikipedia in the world. According to Piotr Łuczynski, deputy mayor, the memorial “will highlight the town’s importance as an academic centre”.
AWikimedia Polska representative stated that the organization hopes that this project will “raise awareness of the website and encourage people to contribute.” It was unveiled on 22 October 2014, on the Plac Frankfurcki(pl), becoming the world’s first monument to the online encyclopedia. Representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation as well as from the Wikimedia chapters for Poland and Germany (Wikimedia Polska and Wikimedia Deutschland, respectively), attended the dedication ceremony.
Dariusz Jemielniak, a professor of management, Wikimedia activist, and an author of Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia delivered an opening ceremony address.