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An Innovative Steel Archway Decorates a Public Space at a Polish Island

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Oskar Zieta, a Polish artist, whose goal is to deliver uniqueness in the design field, unveiled the NAWA pavilion, which is an inflatted steel passageway at the island of Daliowa. The unique characteristic of this structure is that it look weightless even though it consists of 35 metal arches. The artist used a method he calls FiDU, where he inflates the metal by pumping air into the cavity between the arches’ steel sheets, which produces a form that is larger and more organically shaped. This technology has been proven to withstand tons of weight, even if the object is a small stool.

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The NAWA sculpture is a part of the European Capital of Culture 2016 celebrations, whose main slogan is “metamorphoses of culture”.

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The bionic form and polished surface reflects the surroundings and creates the effect of naturaly growing sculpture with constantly changing look through the day.

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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.

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One of the major source of inspiration for Oskar Zięta 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.

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