Malwina Konopacka fot. Michal Moniuszko

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9 | Malwina Konopacka “Fountain” (2019)

 

spatial installation

Malwina Konopacka’s installation was created in cooperation with kids from the “Neptune” Society of Friends of Children, a community day-care room organizing activities for children aged 7–12.

The artist conducted a workshop during which the young participants worked with ceramic elements designed and made by Konopacka. Several hundred forms in various shades of cobalt and turquoise – colours associated with water – were decorated with various original motifs. When the elements were ready, they were used to make a mosaic that was later placed in the basin of a disused local fountain. Apart from “reviving” the old fountain, the installation is also meant to draw attention to the effects of climate change, which include falling groundwater levels and increasingly acute water shortages.

 

Malwina Konopacka is a designer, graphic designer and illustrator. She studied industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and illustration at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Her illustrations have been published in various magazines and publications. In 2014, she transferred her drawings onto ceramic objects, creating the OKO (“EYE”) series. Her work has been shown at numerous design exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Most recently, Konopacka presented her ceramic objects in Prague, at the ArtHouse Odyseja exhibition forming part of Designblok 2019.

 

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Facilities for local residents

The modern housing estate built on Zakopiańska St. towards the late 1920s comprised 156 apartments. Most of them had two rooms, a bathroom and kitchen. The layout of rooms was subordinated to a clear functional division introduced in the flats: the bedroom, kitchen and balcony faced east, while living rooms faced south or south-west. As a result, sunlight would enter the bedroom in the morning, while other rooms had access to daylight until sunset.

The adjoining area was designed with similar care, with a garden part established between the buildings. One of the houses was additionally moved back from the street to create a playground and leisure area – later on, a fountain was placed here too.

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9 | Malwina Konopacka “Fountain” (2019)

disused fountain between buildings on 26 and 28 Zakopiańska St.

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