The creator of the figure is Ewa Topolan, and artist and sculptor trained at the Academy of Fine Art in Gdansk. The idea comes from Jadwiga Łuszczewska-Deotyma's story called The Lady at the Window.
This 'standard romance' came into being after Deotyma and her family travelled along the Vistula to Gdansk in 1858. Fascinated with our city, Deotyma painted a wonderfully colourful picture of Gdansk and, in particular, of a young woman called Hedwiga looking out the window of a wonderful home called The Amber House.
From its first publication and through many subsequent reprints, the story became essential reading for a generation of Poles, allowing them to forge a special relationship with their most famous city-port. Many of them came to Gdansk to look for the Amber House and it's window. As Professor Jerzy Samp writes: 'Many times when I looked up at the magnificent houses of Gdansk did I try to find the one and only small round window.'
The line of the book encourages its readers to carry on looking for the window: 'The people of Gdansk are famous for their respect of historical buildings, so who knows... Maybe this souvenir will be left for them? Maybe till this very day the lady at the window has been looking out and longingly waiting, just once, for the sailor of the Puck fleet to appear before her...'
This closing line, reading like a personal note from the author, is in fact an invitation to continue the story which continues to unfold even 100 years down the line...