Art in the Park
In the Gärten der Welt you can discover more than just flowers and trees. Since the Berlin Garden Show in 1987, the most diverse works of art have here an unusual setting and open up new perspectives for viewing the surrounding park and urban landscape. At the IGA Berlin 2017, the collection was expanded again in order to include various artistic works.
Directly in front of the visitors centre on Blumberger Damm, a surreal landscape of mirrored steles stretches out, which reflects their surroundings in a strange split-view manner. As you approach, you appear in mirrored surfaces mounted at different angles. The “Reflecting Gardens” by the Danish artist Jeppe Hein are an invitation to critically examine yourself and the environment in which you are moving. Just like the interactive sound installation “Green Hearing” by Georg Klein and the “Los Angeles Garden” by the Berlin artist Martin Kaltwasser, the work of Jeppe Heins has been an integral part of the Gärten der Welt since the IGA Berlin 2017.
Near the Karl Foerster Perennial Garden, you can marvel at typical scenes from the fairy-tales of the Brothers Grimm. They were designed by the Berlin sculptor Gorch Wenske for the Berlin Garden Show in 1987 and placed in a new context at the IGA Berlin 2017. The figures have been given an additional narrative thanks to a sound installation by artist Anna Rispoli. Born in Italy and now living in Berlin, the artist collected stories from the inhabitants of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, which she condensed into a sound collage titled “Not all stories are narrated...”.
These are the titles of just some of the numerous sculptures that populate the grounds of the Gärten der Welt. On a tour, you will come across for example the metal sculpture “Agave” by the art collective Rüdiger Buhlau, which branches and stretches out across the sky, or the wooden figures “Wood” and “Grain” by the artist Gerd Owsian. “The Wild Boars” by Dieter Graupner and the rocking frame “Mischa and Masha” are not only beautiful to look at, but also for climbing and playing on. Just like the expressive “pair of figures” by the sculptor Ingeborg Hunzinger, they were created during the time of the GDR (East Germany) and have adorned the grounds since the Berlin Garden Show in 1987. Two other sculptures - “Head Integral” and “Encounters” by the artists Clemens Gröszer and Rolf Biebl - are contemporary reflections of GDR art.