Polymer plaster – a white mass, often called „finish” is used to smooth internal walls and ceilings of new residential buildings.
Empty buckets of this plaster can often be seen on the streets of a town near Warsaw, which is currently experiencing a construction boom – old buildings are being demolished and in their place new terraced houses are being erected. This town is the most densely populated in the entire coun-try and is still expanding rapidly.
For a long time, overlapping, disturbing and violent global circumstances have not given much hope for optimism, while closer locality, despite all its imperfections, remains a familiar sphere with its rhythm of life functioning predictably.
A property adjacent to a piece of land has been abandoned and is awaiting the next owner to trans-form it. The transformation of these plots most often involve cutting down trees. These trees – ses-sile oaks – produce thousands of acorns every year that fall onto the neighboring land. The earth absorbs them and tree seedlings grow. Some of them have been carefully taken out and placed into soil, in polymer plaster buckets. The buckets now functioning as a kind of incubator, in which young saplings will wait until they are planted out into a new area.
One such area may be the west corner of a neighboring piece of land. For a long time, this frag-ment was occupied by wooden planks stored there. The planks have their own history, for years they were used to build small architectural elements of the structures that stand on this piece of land.
The use of them, as well as the nails removed from them, is an attempt to preserve their symbolic meaning. And the process of hand-sawing them, pulling out nails and applying a finishing coat is somehow the reverse of what they were and what they were originally used for.