35.00 × 22.00 × 13.00 m
City of Munich
Architecture is everywhere. A city is a space that has been created and is permanently present. It arises from general circumstances, and it is, in the truest sense, a materialization of our society and its history. While architecture itself is very much caught up with real conditions, art is able to act more freely. When art moves beyond its “safe” spaces, it becomes part of the city. Here, it can act and also becomes a created space. It is precisely this situation that is the starting point here. Munich is a growing city undergoing dynamic changes. More and more people are drawn to the metropolis on the Isar River—a development that is also occurring everywhere else around the world at varying speeds. Today more than half of humanity lives in cities, and the issue of providing a good life for all inhabitants is becoming increasingly urgent.
If you study approaches to urban planning that sought new ways of co-existing, you will run into the early work of Hans Hollein, Haus Rucker Co, Coop Himmelb(l)au, or Walter Pichler. But you’ll also find the urban New Babylon by Constant. There, the image of the cloud appears again and again, but it was never built or realized. Today, though, it is once again interesting as a figure of thought.
The work should be considered a sketch of space, a mock-up, a setting, a visualization of an idea of open space. The presentation draws upon the utopian notion of urban planning. The cloud is a metaphor for lightness, weightlessness. Because it uses legible elements such as small residential platforms, it no longer retains a purely abstract form, but is linked to the scale of the city. An absurd image, far from the solution to all problems. A playful approach, liberated from the necessity of depicting an idea and thus creating its own contemporary reality.
The choice of location is the lawn in front of the Alte Pinakothek, a prominent site. The installation can also involve an accompanying program and can be used as a site for events. During the summer it is an inviting, lively place to linger and reflect upon both the present and the future.