Close encounter of a different kind

Posted: 19 July, 2011 in Art
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Is it a lumberyard? Is it a giant jellyfish? No, it’s an Unexpected Fountain Occupation!

After unpacking I went to explore Warszawa’s space oddity, the brand new UFO. Yes, it’s true, a spaceship has touched ground at pl. Na Rozdrożu (next to Łazienki Park).
In a spot which normally houses a fountain, a circle formed installation of assembled planks has been erected. The centerpiece is a tent which does not only house a café & the DJ booth, but also some basic rooms, or maybe one should call them roofed cabins, to let.
A lot of happenings take place at the UFO, from film screenings & concerts to talks about urban landscaping, flea markets and more.
This sunny Sunday afternoon the occupants were young designers who put their clothes, bags, jewellery, toys, bike gear on sale. Lots of stuff and lots of people browsing the colourful market, relaxing in the loungers or dipping their feet in the pool. Only soft drinks and coffee is served, but you may BYO, beer for example. However there is a service(?) charge of 5 zl a bottle/can to consume it! Cheap.

UFO Warsaw is built by the French architect collective EXYZT, known for reviving forgotten places around the world.

It is open weekdays until 10 PM and weekends to midnight.


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