Jacek Wankowski

Observatorium One, 2017

Timber (treated pine)
Dimensions variable

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Observatorium One is an intervention – a disruption to the normal process of viewing and communing with nature along the rainforest trail. All of a sudden, visitors are separated from the forest: from its trees, rocks, flowers, mosses and ferns, and forced to peer through small observation slots in a screen at what lies beyond. Looking round the ends of the screen doesn’t help as the rainforest habitat which lies behind the screen is visible only through the carefully-crafted observation slots whose positioning has been pre-determined by another. ‘The other’ therefore regulates what the viewer can see and delimits the size and scope of the visitor’s visual field.