Tymon Nogalski used a simple idea. He installed two sprinklers on both sides of a walkway in such a way that it was virtually impossible to avoid the water. Since on the one side of the path was the Polish Hill, and on the other – the Oder, the only solution for those willing to remain dry was to walk back several dozen metres and go around the Bricklayers’ Bastion. Few people decided to do so. Nogalski’s work caused irritation in some passers-by, but most of them seemed amused by this fairly blatant trick. The installation was particularly appreciated on hot days, when it offered cool invigoration. Moreover, it posed questions concerning the rapidly increasing number of various fountains and fountain jets in Wrocław – their shape, relation with the surroundings, and their relevance in meeting people’s real needs.
> Michał Bieniek
photo: Justyna Fedec