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The NAWA sculpture by Oskar Zieta

Architecture | January 28, 2019 |

The NAWA sculpture by Oskar ZietaImage courtesy of Oskar Zieta

The NAWA sculpture by Oskar Zieta
Location: Daliowa Island
Status: Completed

The NAWA sculpture is a part of the European Capital of Culture 2016 celebrations, whose main slogan is “metamorphoses of culture”, i.e. shifts occurring in the domain of culture, communities and the city itself. The idea of metamorphosis itself also underlies the NAWA sculpture.

Due to polished steel surface NAWA reflects its surroundings. It gives viewers a different feeling every time. As the final effect the NAWA is the ultralight, durable construction made up of several dozens steel arches making the openwork gate through which any can walk freely. Received bionic form and polished surface reflecting the surroundings create the effect of naturally growing sculpture with constantly changing look through the day.

The NAWA sculpture by Oskar ZietaImage courtesy of Oskar Zieta

Bionic shapes establish the impression that the sculpture grows straight from the ground. Simultaneously, the construction based on the arches relates to the monuments nearby: The Ossolineum, The church’s tower at Piasek, Wrocław Market Hall and Ostrow Tumski.

NAWA‘s construction is based on the arches. Looking through the perspective of an architect, an arch is a perfect structure used in antique and gothic buildings. The invention of the arch was an immense breakthrough in the architecture and allowed to build tapered constructions. In the NAWA sculpture, arches serve both as the elements of construction and artistic ways of expression.

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The arch was the main research object for Jean Prouvé – the famous French designer and constructor, as it constituted an optimal form for the modern constructions. It allowed for the effective exploitation of resources and made the production process relatively easy. NAWA is the manifesto of the innovative use for the traditional arch form, which was made possible by FiDU technology.

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One of the major source of inspiration for Oskar Zieta is bionics. This branch of science allows to invent technical solutions which mimic the behaviour of living organisms. The search of form has led the artist to the construction of bionic arches linked together. The form of the sculpture relates both to the natural surroundings and the neighbouring buildings. Despite its artistic character, the sculpture will also fulfill its social functions in the public space. In the designing process, researching the potential social impact of the sculpture and aesthetics were equally important. It has been contemplated how NAWA forms part of its surroundings and how it will be affecting its audience – both the passers-by and the ones who walk under it.

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The NAWA sculpture by Oskar ZietaImage courtesy of Oskar Zieta

The NAWA sculpture by Oskar ZietaImage courtesy of Oskar Zieta

The NAWA sculpture by Oskar ZietaImage courtesy of Oskar Zieta

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