oskar zieta's inflated steel 'NAWA' sculpture transforms daliowa island into a public domain
 

oskar zieta's inflated steel 'NAWA' sculpture transforms daliowa island into a public domain

oskar zieta‘s NAWA sculpture creates a dynamic cultural experience for its viewers, and revitalizes the neglected space of daliowa island in wrocław, poland. the installation consists of a series of 35 polished, steel arches, that together, form a gate-like passageway. even though the material’s reflective surface emphasizes its bionic form, the organic curve of its arches mimic the natural landscape and surrounding river. the overall sculpture seems to emerge from the ground — creating a sense of ‘organic unity.’

oskar zieta NAWA
the sculpture consists of a series of 35 polished, steel arches, that together, form a gate-like passageway

 

 

daliowa is the smallest of over a dozen islands in wrocław along the odra river. it is surrounded by lush greenery and historic architecture. oskar zieta’s sculpture performs both a social and artistic function. its location transforms the area into an important urban node, in which people can gather. it can also function as an open meeting place and event space — bringing life back to the site. after the city’s destruction in WWII, the island was rebuilt but its cultural vibrancy never fully recovered.

oskar zieta NAWA
its location transforms the island into an important urban node

 

 

the sculpture’s shiny, eye-catching exterior attracts the passing visitor. but, upon closer look at its surface, one will see the reflection of the surrounding environment, its urban landscape, and historic architecture. through this process, the city becomes an essential part of the sculpture, itself.

oskar zieta NAWA
upon closer examination at its surface, one can see the reflection of the surrounding city

 

 

through the use of computer software and the implementation of zieta’s new ‘FiDU’ inflatable steel technology, the arches are sturdy and durable, but also remain portable and light-weight. his description of the artwork focuses on the importance of bionics — a branch of science that emphasizes technology’s ability to mimic the behavior of living organisms.

oskar zieta NAWA
the organic curve of NAWA’s arches mimic the natural landscape and surrounding river

 

 

the sculpture’s geometric forms highlight its close relationship with technology and recall the early invention and innovations of the gothic arch, found in the city’s surrounding architecture. the arch allowed architecture to take on new forms and express new freedoms in artistic expression. wrocław was designated ‘the european capital of culture’ in 2016 and the sculpture played an integral part in the city’s larger cultural celebration. NAWA’s process of production, transportation, and installation on the site are important components of the sculpture’s overall success. production began in a local warehouse, and then, each arch was transported by barge across the odra river — bringing life to the city’s waterways.

oskar zieta NAWA
the sculpture emerges from the ground — creating a sense of ‘organic unity.’

oskar zieta NAWA
the arches are sturdy and durable, but also remain portable and light-weight

oskar zieta NAWA
the sculpture’s shiny, eye-catching exterior attracts the passing visitor

oskar zieta NAWA
NAWA’s process of production, transportation, and installation added to the sculpture’s overall success

oskar zieta NAWA
each arch was transported by barge across the odra river — bringing life to the city’s waterways

oskar zieta NAWA
NAWA recalls the early innovations of the gothic arch, found in the city’s surrounding architecture

oskar zieta NAWA
the sculpture helps to revitalize the island, making it an integral part of the growing city

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