The “Polish Table” installation will be one of the most spectacular elements of the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at World Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai. From October 1, it will become a place of multicultural meetings and welcoming the guests of the Pavilion, and at the same time, through an interactive, light projection, a place of contact with the Polish language. The "Polish Table" installation is a unique work of art, created from the raw materials characteristic of our country, such as copper, glass, wood, aluminium, ceramics and yacht-building steel, with the joint effort of Polish craftsmen, artists and engineers.
The installation is a reflection of the Pavilion’s motto, “Poland. Creativity inspired by nature” and
a starting point of a story about Poland that will be told during every visit. The “Polish Table” is filled with stories and vivid cultural accents, bits and pieces about the country’s resources, contemporary science and technology, and unique design.
The consortium of Science Now, Stellar Fireworks and Tellart is responsible for the creative concept and narration of the visitor’s path in the Polish Pavilion, implemented as key experiences and content of multimedia materials. The consortium was also the originator of the “Polish Table”. The design of the installation was prepared by RAZ, while Ejsak Group made the structure of the “Polish Table”, wooden elements and the interactive layer of the installation.
We wanted to create an engaging installation that could become the symbol of the Polish Pavilion by inviting guests to discover how the natural world, heritage and new technologies can inspire an intercultural setting that emphasizes the virtue of Polish hospitality. The “Polish Table” is a meeting point for the Pavilion's guests, but also is multiple creators and invited artists, engineers and entrepreneurs. – say Jan Pomierny and Łukasz Alwast, leaders of Science Now and Stellar Fireworks companies.
The installation is built from more than 120 modules – milled blocks of the Polish ashwood. Each of them comes is a shape of a aspect of Poland – its landscape, topography, urban space. All elements were put together with a generative design algorithm, while the source data came from the Earth observation programme Copernicus.
The most interesting aspect of working on the project was the possibility of few fields of our professional activity. We had the opportunity to use our experience in industrial and generative design as well as data processing at an urban and regional scale. Through applying generative design we could reflect these analyses in the form of an engaging, interactive installation. – say Jacek Markusiewicz and Ander Gortazar Balerdi from RAZ.
The installation includes also unique special modules. These are original artistic works by the leading Polish artists and craftsmen who specialise in creating art in particular materials or using specific technique. “Polish Table” contains modules from ceramics – BOLESŁAWIEC Factory, glass – Agnieszka Bar, steel used in yacht construction – Conrad Shipyard, copper and silver – Oskar Zięta, wood – Maciej Siuda and special kind of aluminum used in 3D printing – PIAP Space. The main idea of the project was to depict how to use skills, craftsmanship and new technologies to creatively transform raw materials into true art.
Creating special modules as seen by their authors
The glass module is located in the topography of the table and surrounded closely by wooden modules. Similar to the manual production of blown glass, where the wood provides a cover during the blowing process. That is why I decided to show the traces of the wooden structure of the surroundings on the surface of the glass blocks. Transparent cuboids with soft edges additionally bring to mind melting ice blocks, what illustrate limited and non-renewable sources of sands used in the production of glass. – Agnieszka Bar
The topic, ideas, designs in my head, conversations, some drawings. Modelling, casting, forming in clay. The same that is used in the BOLESLAWIEC Factory to produce dishes. Preparation for firing, arrangements with technologists and regular manufacturing personnel. When the clay is dry, you start glazing, then put it in the over and prepare for transportation. The entire process involved
a number of people. Only the designing actually took place in the comfort of my workshop. – Marta Małoszyc
My job was to embellish the walls of the ceramic module with decorative elements with poppies, cornflowers and chamomiles, characteristic for the Polish fields and meadows. A part of a module was decorated with a piece entitled 166A by Danuta Amborska. It incorporates the motive of peacock eyespots and navy blue flowers, well known from the designs of the BOLESLAWIEC Factory. Landscape of the Polish meadow, with its typical flowers, fits well with the Polish Expo motto: “Creativity inspired by nature”. – Małgorzata Szewc
Steel and materials used in yachts production
The special module will be a collage inspired by the nature and specificity of our production. The yacht has to face the element of water, and its production is like taming the other elements. Steel, aluminum, wood, stone and thousands of components from around the world. Welding, grinding, building, painting and finishing works is a long and complicated process. Our special module presents
a palette of the main materials we use, but also shows them in various stages of their processing, from their raw form to the final luxury product. – Mikołaj Król
The project is a box story about trees. The sculptural triptych, made with the technique of intarsia, is decorated with fragments of tree trunks, slices, and veneers brought from various places in Poland. Maple, bird cherry, black walnut, rosewood and other 18 species used in these modules are telling individual and political stories: about the species migration of trees, about unjustified logging in Polish nature reserves, or the disappearing craft techniques. – Maciej Siuda
Copper and silver
Zieta Studio modules are sculptures referring to the mountain ranges’ cross-sections. In the process of their preparation, we used the FiDU technology based on giving the two-dimensional metal forms the third dimension using internal pressure. It is a process of controlled loss of control in which metal is exerted by a physical force. It can be compared to the geological processes, which lead to the formation of mountain peaks. The concept of Zieta Studio modules refers also to the KGHM company, a Polish multinational corporation located in Lower Silesia, which is the largest silver mine in the world. In the project, we allude to the raw materials mined in it: copper and its by-product, silver. – Oskar Zięta
Aluminium used in space industry
The “Polish Table” module created by PIAP Space will be made using the 3D printing technique in the lattice structure of the aluminium alloy. Aluminium alloys are widely used in the space industry. PIAP Space uses them, inter alia, for the production of satellite integration and testing devices (MGSE). 3D printing technology is getting more and more popular in terrestrial solutions. Metal 3D printing is only just beginning to be used in space solutions. The attractiveness of this technology is due to the possibility of creating structures that combine lightness and durability, which cannot be overestimated in space. – Monika Świech-Szczepańska
Interaction, multicultural meetings and a story about Poland
The entire “Polish Table”, as well as its corresponding elements, are a perfect starting point for a number of tales of Poland. In Dubai, that narrative will be told by students from five Polish universities who will do their best to make every guest to the Polish Pavilion feel like in a “A home for creativity”. The installation’s creators wanted the visit to be a memorable experience. They built a unique interactive model that transforms sound waves from the words uttered at the “Polish Table” into a light impulse. The interlocutors will be connected by a luminous flux as they travel between the installation’s modules. It will be a symbolic reference to the Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
We felt it was important to provide an experience that intrigues and honours the visitors as they enter the pavilion. The “Polish Table” is a stage for greetings and conversation. Thanks to a resourceful interaction model, a visual reflection of this verbal exchange brings the table to life and highlights the materials and stories it represents. – says Jack Lenk, Production Director at Tellart.
The artistic installation will be available to see from October 1, 2021 in the Polish Pavilion. Until then, we invite you to watch a series of behind-the-scenes films that show the process of creating that unique installation that will soon be made available in our social medial channels.