A story about Poland throughout an art installation the “Polish Table”

Published: August 9, 2021
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

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.

Polska na Expo 2020 - Instalacja Artystyczna Polski Stół („The Polish Table" art installation)

Polski Stół – doświadczenie interaktywne („The Polish Table” interactive experience)

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