The Wreath Project
Construction: 2010, 2011
Client: National Culture Centre
Location: Warsaw, Wroclaw
Team: Marcin Mostafa, Natalia Paszkowska, Maciej Burdalski, Agata Woźniczka
Cooperation: Fundacja Bęc Zmiana
Photos: Jakub Certowicz
The aim of the exhibition “Szlakiem Kultur” was a presention of the investments into cultural projects which were partly beneficiaries of EU funds. The form of the designed construction was inspired by Polish tradition of putting ‘wiecha’ – a wreath made of flowers and branches on the pinnacle of the roof to denote the approaching end of building works. The majority of presented projects are just at such final stage of realization.
The ‘wreath’ is made out of transparent, multicoloured PCV stripes, suspended from an elliptic construction about 4 metres high. The stripes are of varied length, which allows for passing through a curtain they produce, and creates an inner space of the installation. The stripes are covered with specially designed graphics presenting, in a very synthetic way, the projects divided into 4 regions of Poland. The exhibition was shown outdoors, first in Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw, next in Brussels in front of the European Parliament building. Colourful stripes, moving in the wind and reflecting the sunlight create a live structure, standing out from the background of a city and the grey autumn sky. At the same time, an interesting, still cultivated Polish tradition can be brought closer to the EU officials.