The Nowy Targ office building in Wroclaw by Maćków Pracownia Projektowa[info], which won the POLITYKA Architectural Award in an Internet poll, features an unusual installation by Wroclaw artist Lukasz Berger - "Swarm 2.0".
Łukasz (Cekas) Berger is an art designer in space. The Wroclaw-based artist works on various levels, creating graffiti, murals, sculptures and installations. In 2015, he created the installation "Silence" on a building in Lodz, Poland.
An art installation resembling a swarm was created in the lobby of a Wroclaw office building, inspired by a flock of flying starlings. The work by a graduate of the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw was made of 560 elements - stainless steel rods with a diameter of 15 millimeters. The gradation of the length of the rods ranges from 3 to 37 centimeters, thus creating a dynamic, three-dimensional image. The whole thing weighs about 150 kilograms. The weight is distributed among the individual elements with an individual invisible mounting system - a layer of 1120 elements consisting of mechanical anchors and threaded rods. The entire installation is mounted in 560 precision holes made in reinforced concrete. The installation took three weeks.
I always try to understand the place where I am working, notice the details and look for that missing piece. I am convinced of the solution when I have the feeling that the element I was looking for could always naturally exist in that place, and only now I managed to discover it," says Lukasz Berger, author of the installation. - The starting point for this art was a swarm inspired by a shoal of starlings. I wanted the spatial form to give the impression of being light and dynamic, in which a single element seems insignificant, but nevertheless creates a seamlessly complex whole," explains the artist.
Illustrations courtesy of Skanska Group