Jakub Szczesny

Summary: The island is a floating platform with nine outdoor fitness machines pumping polluted Vistula water through four filters to a basin placed in the center of the island. The platform will be floating on the Vistula river in the center of Warsaw.

Need: To visualize the positive effect of a common effort of citizens in changing their »unchangeable« toxic environment, a remnant of the communist era of industrialization, by showing the process and the outcome in the form of drinkable water.

Detailed description: The inhabitants of Warsaw started to take an interest in the river in their pursuit of healthier lifestyle, but Vistula, the last large European unregulated river, has remained polluted by industry and agriculture for the last 30 years. The island is a modular steel structure on recycled steel barrels with nine outdoor fitness machines on an oak deck of 79 square meters. The machines produce pressure in pipes connecting the river with filters placed 3 meters above the deck.

The filters are: sand, carbon and inverted osmosis, along with a UV lamp. The purified water falls onto an stainless steel basin with an oak-finished bench, on which people can sit, wash their feet, and drink the water coming from the filters located above.

The concept is the result of a personal initiative of Jakub Szczesny, organizational support from Fundacja Bec Zmiana, and financial help from the City of Warsaw’s Bureau of Culture. It includes architectural, structural, water treatment and infographic research. It was completed at the beginning of September 2009, published in a book, written about in Warsaw newspapers, and in international blogs gaining wide public acclaim and interest in further implementations in Gdansk and the St. Lawrence River Community.

sponsored by Autostadt Wolfsburg

Fr. 13. July to Su. 15. July ETF! welcomes the summer holidays and says goodbye from Bonn

Friday, 13 July 2018, 16.00 to 24.00 h Artificial walks, bed sheet cinema under stars, clogs and clowns

Saturday, 14 July, 14.00 hrs Family Tours and Planting Campaign

July 15, 11.30 a.m.
Finissage tour with individual ETF! artists from the region


The 17th edition of ETF was opened on April 18th in Bonn.

Ehemalige Volkshochschule
Kasernenstraße 50
53111 Bonn

NEW Duration: 19.4.-15.7.2018

Opening times:
Wed-Fri: 4pm – 8pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 5pm
also on bank holidays

Free Entry!

A contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018 and the German Sustainability Action Days 2018 (30.5.-5.6.)


ETF! was awarded "Best international exhibition in Chile in 2017" by the Chilean Circle of Art Critics.

Pictures of ETF! 2017 in Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, Chile can be seen here .


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