PUBLIC ART: CHECKPOINT ENERGIE

A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES 
MARK ANDREAS' RENDERINGS 
for his PUBLIC ARTWORK at CHECKPOINT ENERGIE
curated by DSG's Inken Bornholdt   

 






In the windows looking out on Checkpoint Charlie, Verbraucherzentrale Energieberatung presents a site-specific installation by German American environmental artist, Mark Andreas. This is the first time ever that Berlin’s indelible Checkpoint Energie Community Resource Center has done a Public Art installation to communicate ideas about energy.

Perfectly suited to create an aesthetic and informative installation with Checkpoint Energie, artist Mark Andreas is known internationally for his kinetic sculptures which are set into motion by natural energy sources including water and wind. His artwork titled “Fliegender Fisch” will be the centerpiece of the spacious windows at Checkpoint Energie. “Fliegender Fisch’s” wood frame closes slowly after 1.5 liters of water evaporates from its reservoir. The transformation will take place several times over the course of the exhibit. The sculpture is in constant motion but moves too slowly to observe in any given single moment. The effects of the water loss are only viewable over time.

In contrast to demonstrating the concept of how natural resources are affected over time, Andreas will work with a group of local students to create a very visible, actively moving set of windmills made of recycling bike wheels. In a bicycle friendly city, the artist is building on Berlin’s excellent example of eco-consciousness alternatives to relying on gas. Students will learn about the mechanics of wind energy by creating their own bicycle wheel turbine and gain insight into how Germany is leading the global path to clean energy.

“Fliegender Fisch” and the wind turbine created by local children will be on exhibit free of charge. Educational materials and a pamphlet on how a child can make their own turbine will also be available free of charge.

ABOUT: 

CHECKPOINT ENERGIE / VERBRAUCHERZENTRALE ENERGIEBERATUNG is a public information and resource center based in the heart of Berlin.  Providing qualified consulting services, regular talks and events, Checkpoint Energie aims to generate discourse and develop fresh ideas addressing energy consumption, management and conservation.  

MARK ANDREAS’ past Public Art projects include an expedition to the Arctic Circle with the Farm Foundation,  E-halle, Hampton’s Home & Garden House, Flamingo Sculpture Garden and AALTO. He has exhibited and lectured at Universities internationally.

DAM STUHLTRAGER has organized Public Art projects with some of the most visible venues in the world. A Berlin project space was started in 2011 to serve as a venue to host noncommercial projects and an international residency program. 

Dates: 03 November – 30 December 2011

Special Event: 03 November 2011 (12:00 – 02:00pm)

Address:
Verbraucherzentrale Energieberatung
Checkpoint Energie Berlin
Rudi-Dutschke-Straße, Ecke Markgrafenstraße

Hours: Tue & Weds 12- 04:00pm, Thurs 02- 06:00pm

Contact: inken.damstuhltrager@gmail.com                 

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