BREATH OF SWAMPS

Concept of a safe public space - “Breath of swamps”


This ‘swamp garden’ allows people to find a silence and a place for themselves in a city environment without a fear to be unexpectedly spotted. The water system implemented in the benches works as a warning sign telling about the presence of other creatures around. 


This project was created after researching and analysing the role of swamps in Belarus (past and present) and links to the concept of its “safety danger”. People who lived in swamp area were protected by it. You can’t pass a swamp without knowing a safe path.


(This project was inspired and named in behalf of a movie “Breath of swamps” created by a belarusian non-profit organisation Bahna.) 

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HOW DOES IT RESPOND

Moss structure starts moving indicating that somebody is heading towards you. The closer a person is the more visible becomes pattern.

HOW DOES IT WORK

There are water traps on the ground on a way to the 'swamp area'. If somebody steps on it, the water inside the system goes up to the 'moss structure' inside the benches. The whole system start 'breathing'.