Monumental day for Wikipedia in Poland

David, The Thinker and Rocky now have company: Wikimedians have a statue to call their own

WIkimedians -- those people who contribute to the free Wikipedia website -- were recognized for their selfless work on Wednesday in Slubice, Poland with the unveiling of a monument.

The fiber-and-resin sculpture, designed by Armenian Mihran Hakobyan, depicts the Wikipedia globe held up by four people. Consistent with the Wikipedia logo's globe, the world is shown as being unfinished, ready to accept more knowledge. The sculpture stands 5-and-a-half feet high in Frankfurt Square.

The idea to create a monument came from Dr. Krzysztof Wojciechowski, director of Collegium Polonicum.

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Started in 2001, Wikipedia now includes more than 33 million articles in 287 languages, and is one of the world's most popular websites, with about half a billion monthly visitors.

"It is a truly special and exciting day, and one that I hope shines the spotlight on the thousands of Wikimedians who edit Wikipedia and make it the source of free knowledge it has come to be. I look forward to visiting SBubice one day to see the monument for myself and perhaps meeting some of those involved in the project." said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, in a statement.

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