The craftsmen from Spanțov installation at Street Delivery Bucharest, Romania
Year 2014

The spoon installation at Street Delivery Bucharest is a result of the collaboration between young designers and local craftsmen from Spanțov village, Romania, organized by PACT Foundation.
The installation was designed together with Kaptura de Aer (Veronica Olariu & Cristina Enuță).

Marian Panait, Gheorghe Costea, Nelu Costea and Gheorghe Ion worked over 300 spoons of untreated poplar in their household and used traditional methods and tools. The idea was to harness the traditional products through this instalation.

The installation has the purpose of drawing attention to the rudimentary craftsmen from Spanțov and the objects they are doing. The idea came simply from the interaction with the craftsmen, seeing them at work, from the objects they created, but also from the interaction with the texture of the wood and the weight of the object itself and the fact that the most common objects made by them were the spoons.

Besides, what seemed interesting was that they were making spoons of different sizes.
In addition to small ones, the one meter long spoons are somewhat out of the ordinary for what we are accustomed to in modern life because they have had a purpose in traditional cooking.

So it came to us to use all these spoons in a different way: in an installation that would play with these scale differences of the object and create a shaded and playful space to interact with.

You can reach the spoons and gently hit one against the other, and they will sound so pleasant. So, the spoons that up until now had a utilitarian purpose (associated with cooking most of the times) are briefly given a new role by interacting with the public in an urban space, says Ruxi Sacaliș.

An initiative of PACT Foundation – Irina Pop Project Manager
Narrative by Irina Pop and Simona Petrică
Design team: Kaptura de Aer (Cristina Enuță & Veronica Olariu) and Ruxi Sacaliș
Photos by Cristina Enuță, Veronica Olariu and Ruxi Sacaliș