Advertising With A (Lego) Twist

Krakow: Not really buskers

Most big (and smaller) European cities have a fun mix of buskers, mimes, and entertainers or musicians on the main squares and along main streets. It seems to be a good way to make a bit of money and certainly does entertain the visitors passing by.

Rod M laughs at this mime opposite our apartment. We never did fathom out what he represented!

Rod M laughs at this mime opposite our apartment. We never did fathom out what he represented!

Florianska Gate

Florianska Gate

In Krakow there were many in the main square, Rynek Glowny. We also encountered some musicians—very good actually—on Grodska and Kanonicza on the way to Wawel Castle Hill and in the walkway along Planty, the park where the old city walls once were.

If you head the other way out of the square towards the medieval Florianska Gate you walk along a busy, mostly-pedestrianized shopping street, also called Florianska, which frequently has entertainers of some sort. Last time we noted a young man lying on his back who kept a ball bouncing up and down with his feet. An amazing feat actually, and people were impressed!

Step 1: the Rubik's Cube is scrambled

Step 1: the Rubik’s Cube is scrambled

Step 2: cover the robot and wait a couple minutes

Step 2: cover the robot and wait a couple minutes

On this trip we saw something a little different—a cross between an ad and entertainment, or an entertaining ad perhaps.

Two young men were standing on the street, one holding an open-sided glass box on a strap round his back. It had a few Lego creations attached to the top edges, but the really interesting thing in the center of the base was a robot made out of Lego. This robot could solve the Rubik’s Cube in a few minutes. The young men would ask a stander-by to mess up the Rubik’s Cube, then attach it to the robot, and cover the robot with another box that looked like a big yellow Lego block for a few minutes (to reduce glare so the robot could sense colors better). They would then lift off the box cover and the people could watch the last few moves. It really was very impressive.

Step 3: the cube is solved!

Step 3: the cube is solved!

Nath, Sonya, Viv in front of Florianska Gate

Nath, Sonya, Viv in front of Florianska Gate

It turns out they were advertising an Interactive Exhibition of Lego Bricks, Buildings and Robots, in a place/shop called Klocko Land very close by.

(Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Erno Rubik)

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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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