Modifikation—stetig steigende Steine, 2009


The project Modifikation—stetig steigende Steine (Modification—Constantly Climbing Stones) was a site-related installation at the Kunstverein Ruhr in Essen, Germany. Two load-bearing pillars with square cross-sections were walled in with two different helical brick bonds. The bond patterns were a reference to the chimneys of the Cecilienhof Palace in the city of Potsdam. The intended effect was aesthetic: the brickwork structures seemed to pierce the floor and ceiling in an infinite helical motion. They also engaged the gallery’s surroundings, visible through the generously sized window, in a dialogue. The two brick-built columns are designed to be suitable for exhibition in a variety of spaces; depending on the particulars of the site, each realization is a new work.


In situ at the Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen

2 helical columns, bricks, cinder blocks

320 cm height × 98 cm diameter

Photography © Werner Hannappel