Rigging a church / Kirchruesten
2 motorized chain-blocks
Staatliches Vermoegens- und Hochbauamt Karlsruhe
The images show the map and installation views.
Installed in Karlsruhe-Fuerstliche Grabkapelle, 2005
The installation is based on research interests in churches, that aren't used anymore and are therefore confronted with various reconstruction and re-use ideas. The Frauenkirche in Dresden is kind of a special example. Every detail is imitated and many questions about the relevance and meaning of the new building raised up.
With the strong presence of these attempts in the European publicity, enormous power and money was found to realize the reconstruction. It should be a symbol against the senseless destruction in the 2nd world war as well as a symbol for the power of the citizens. "HILF MIT!" (Start helping!) was the headline of the poster campaign.
Moved by these discussions I started to collect photographs of the huge scaffoldings and also found some old handmade floor-plans of the for- merly baroque church. It was quite fascinating to watch the working process at the church - collecting the old black stones and categorizing each of them. For months the site was hidden after big metal walls. These walls seemed to me like vertically erected floor-plans of the old baroque church.
This impression was leading to the concept of turning the perspective and reducing the reconstructional attempts by putting up an installation inside a church. It should use the abstraction of the old floorplans as a blueprint.
So I found the old church of the Grand Dukes in Karlsruhe, where I was able to realize this project. In the floor-plan of this chapel the hexagon is a dominating geometrical form. Through the overlay of hexagons in a certain manner, an illusionistic pattern of cubes appear in one's mind. I constructed this pattern with scaffoldings, cross-bars and 2 motorized chain blocks. It was hanging in the middle of the church, 18 m high from the cupola to the ground.