Eine Säule aus Salz
EINE SÄULE AUS SALZ (2019)
A PILLAR OF SALT (2019)
90% of a person's life is spent surrounded by built spaces and is constantly confronted, consciously or unconsciously with architecture. Built space is thus decisively involved in shaping human identity and maintaining it. People are shaped and changed by space.
One might even suspect a form of non-verbal communication to which humans are exposed to on a daily basis. In most cases it is very difficult to unambiguously decipher this, even with an active perception.
„First we can form the cities, but then the cities form us. „ This is how the Danish architect Jan Gehlen puts it. Whereby „we“ in this case most probably is supposed to be a rather broad „we“ and thus means humankind in general. Human beings are being formed by buildings that others have formed.
Needless to say that historical events play an important role in this matter, too. When the city of Hamburg was bombed in 1943 in the course of “Operation Gomorrha” by the Allies, about 40,000 people lost their lives. A little more than half of Hamburg’s apartment housing were destroyed. The urban space to be built afterwards had been decisively shaped by this event which still seems to be visible and sensible today.
The urban space was decisively shaped by the bombing and this event still seems to be visible and sensible today.