The Wetland Album
project in frame of Care about Water and Bathe with Friends Jazdów City Garden, Warsaw, 5 July–31 October 2019
curator: Anna Czaban

CENTRALA
in collaboration with Wetlands Preservation Centre

 

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the project is part of Warsaw Wetscape series

project in frame of Care about Water and Bathe
with Friends
Jazdów City Garden, Warsaw, 5 July–31 October 2019
curator: Anna Czaban

CENTRALA
in collaboration with Wetlands Preservation Centre

The Wetland Album is a model of the Warsaw’s wetscape, envisioned through the use of natural sponges. The diagram helped navigate wetlands during the group expeditions led by natural scientists from the Wetlands Preservation Centre.

Photo Michał Matejko

It consists of riparian woodlands, lakelands, springs, sources, karst springs, semi-drylands, wetlands, floodplains, magical wetlands, peat bogs, inland sedges, reed beds, bullrush beds, nettlebanks, polders, willowbanks, herb beds, wet woodlands, diluvian soils, marshes, mosslands, moors, swamps, mudflats, seasonally aquatic and seasonally terrestrial lands, loam soils, silt plains, fossil floodplains, quagmires, fens, morasses, sloughs, broads and backwaters. 11 [PL] łęgi, jezierzyska, źródliska, wysięki, wywierzyska, wylewiska, tereny półmokre, podmokłości – tereny podmokłe, rozlewiska, uroczyska, torfowiska, turzycowiska, trzcinowiska, szuwarowiska, pałkowiska, sitowiska, pokrzywiska, wiklinowiska, ziołorośla, osuchy, mady, marsze, mszary, mechowiska, moczary, moczydła, olsy, błota, trzęsawiska, topieliska, gleby namyte, gleby mażące się, tereny grząskie, tereny podsiąkliwe i ziemie rozmokłe ↩︎

CENTRALA aims to restore the rich wetland vocabulary that was once in common use amongst the inhabitants of these waterlogged environments.

Illustration Studio Bękarty

The reintroduction of these rarely heard specialist terminologies, many of which now elude us in their original definitions, offers an opportunity to envision a Warsaw that comprises of a reconstructed wetland-scape that has the capacity to absorb increasingly common weather extremes and periods of water abundance.

The Wetland Album is the next project (following the CENTRALA’s proposal for the revitalization of the sports stadium, Warszawianka, and the installation in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura in 2018) in which CENTRALA makes central the issue of water circulation as a vital phenomenon in both architecture and urban planning.

 

In addition to the group tours led by natural scientists from the Wetlands Preservation Centre, the model, which was located in the former water reservoir of the Ujazdowski Hospital, allowed viewers to navigate the Warsaw’s wetlands while also functioning as a tactile artistic object. The model was produced for the exhibition at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in 2019.

download pdf with CENTRALA’s map of Warsaw Wetland’s

 

Further reading

download pdf Adam Snopek, The History of Warsaw’s Wetlands, 2019

Simone De Iacobis, Małgorzata Kuciewicz, Błotna ariergarda, autoportret 2019, nr 3

video documentation

download pdf with exhibition leaflet

the project is part of Warsaw Wetscape series