Week 8 9th – 12th June
As a last construction during this residency we are in the yard building 4 planters into the base of two ‘Transmitting Station’ posts. Again, found materials/old furniture pieces are used for the planter walls, recycled banner material for waterproofing on the inside.
The idea for the planters originated from the stories many people told us about the past history of the square when there was an area with roses. Many people had mentioned the lack of flowerbeds as a sign of lack of care and general deterioration of the yard and as they told us not much was possible to change. With the Transmitting station along with transmitting personal stories of important places outside of the square, we found an excuse to provide a place to sit and raised flowerbeds. During the 3 days many of the children from the yard and some new people came along to help construct. Again interesting conversations were possible through our everyday presence on the yard and we were able to advertise the planned ‘Podwórkówka’on Friday. On Thursday some people came to deliver their promised exchange goods in form of a cake, cupcakes and soft drinks for Friday’s event. They said they wouldn’t be able to make it to the event themselves, but wanted to bring what they had declared as exchange for the plant. Two women planted their own plants in one of the planters and promise to water them.