The sculpture was unveiled on the last day of April 2022 - exactly 110 years after 30 “sugar beet girls and” an Aufseher (supervisor) moved into the newly built Polish Barrack built by Estate Lungholm.
- It has been incredibly exciting to work with the sculpture, because it is a cultural-historical and socially realistic monument, and the process has been good in collaboration with the museum's initiator and chairman, editor Torsten Elsvor, says Steen B. Langvad.
The chairman of the museum came in contact with Steen B. Langvad after reading an article about him in "Ældre Sagen" magazine. It turned into a lot of writing back and forth and a visit to Orø.
- I must say that the chemistry fit from our first contact. It has been really exciting, says Steen B. Langvad.
The unveiling of Steen B. Langvad's sculpture was made by the mayor of Lolland Municipality, Holger Schou Rasmussen and the Catholic parish priest on Lolland-Falster Gilberto Vinciguerra, who subsequently blessed the sculpture with holy water and a prayer.
This happened under the great attention of, among others, the contributors to the sculpture - the local Tourist Association, Sparekassen Rødbys Legat, Nakskov Rotary Club, Maribo-Rødby Rotary Club, Varelotteriet's Fond and the self-governing institution the Museum Polish Barrack and the museum's board members.
The Polish Embassy and Consulate were represented by Consul Małgorzata Dąbecka, Vice-Consul Joanna Rataj and Cultural Attaché Jarosław Galuba.
From Lolland Municipality also participated Deputy Mayor Henrik Jacobsen and the chairman of the culture committee Martin Boesen.
Baron Nicolas Bertouch-Lehn from Lungholm also attended the unveiling. His grandfather was in 1984 co-founder of the self-governing institution which in 1984 took over the building with a view to arranging memorial rooms and a museum.
For Steen B. Langvad, the unveiling of the sculpture was a very special experience: - I have never experienced before to have my sculpture blessed with holy water and prayer, but it is custom and practice in Poland, says Steen B. Langvad.
Photographer: Roman Śmigielski + Jarosław Galuba