A head statue of Polish archaeologist and architect Kazimierz Kwiatkowski, known as ‘Kazik’ (1944-1997), who significantly contributed to preserving many Vietnamese heritages, was presented to the Relics Preservation Institute of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Tuesday. The statue of Kazik was installed in a park named after him on Tran Phu Street, Hoi An in 2017 to mark his 20th death anniversary
The terracotta statue was created by Vietnamese sculptor Phạm Văn Hạng. According to director of the institute Hoàng Đạo Cương, the event aims to commemorate Kasik’s contribution to Viet Nam as a relics restoring specialist.
Kazik came to Vietnam and embarked on the preservation and restoration of My Son Sanctuary in 1980 when the towers within the relic site were in urgent need of protection. After his funds ran out, he returned to Poland and raised money to expand the project at the site which is now recognised as world cultural heritage. He also contributed to making the Complex of Hue Monuments into world cultural heritage, and the preserving of Hoi An Ancient Town in the central province of Quang Nam. The Polish architect lived in Vietnam for 16 years and passed away in the country in 1997.