60.00 × 60.00 × 19.80 m
Three lofty clusters of organic forms grace the Kanzlerplatz on a bed of prehistoric fossils. The resilience and adaptation of plant forms are our inspiration for the project titled Triffpods.
In nature, form and function are complimentary forces. Plants respond to environments and elicit a response of form to the particulars of habitat and weather. We are accustomed to thinking of plants as being immobile and harmless, on the contrary they are a wonder of adaptation and resilience, an inspiration for our own growth and success as a species. The organic forms that have have been selected by Extension find their place, on the Kanzlerplatz, as monuments to this fundamental life force. Monuments are an extremely important part of culture. They preserve an idea, a moment in time, giving a sense of continuum to our lives
Classifying and categorizing all living creatures seemed like a strange and unlikely concept in the 17th century. Now, we are capable of digitizing all living creatures. Now, a 3D computer library of life is available online. At a time of increased species extinction, digital records take on an important and extremely relevant role for the future. These records afford us the possibility to reanimate and reclaim the DNA of extinct species. For the Kanzlerplatz in Bonn, Extension is able to utilize open sourced digital records to rescale, enlarge, and monumentalize three endangered bi-nominals: Darlingtonia, Sarracenia and Heliamphora. Extension imagines a Kanzlerplatz full of sensual stimulation; where monumental concrete forms of the Darlingtonia, Sarracenia and Heliamphora plants rise with their beautiful structure and hover above three islands of lush green habitats. Several layers of green are found in low lying brush and are punctuated with higher vertical Trachycarpus fortunei palm trees. The islands are appointed with travertine rimmed seating edges that flow into a larger circular bed of sparkling asphalt fossil forms. Extension imagines the Neuer Kanzlerplatz as a place of repose and contemplation.
Extension is an artist working group based in Düsseldof and Los Angeles. Five years ago, Micky Damm, Rita McBride and Christian Odzuck got together to rescue Eiermann facade tiles from a Kaufhof department store demolition site. Extension purchased 800 of these tiles and have been committed to reactivating them along with other collected materials and newly generated ideas. Extension aims to extend your public sphere, your mind.