Five richly colorful illustrations from A/A artist Andree Volkmann celebrate Feierabend——that uniquely German word, but universally loved concept, marking the the end of a day’s work and the start of evening leisure time.
Originally, each image was enlarged to billboard size and used as part of a drive-through art installation during the 2010 International Building Exhibition for Urban Redevelopment in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The innovative installation was an experiment to transform the quality of life in Aschersleben, a city in former East Germany. Following reunification, the city experienced significant, rapid population loss and now more than 75% of residential buildings in the city’s periphery are abandoned. As houses are demolished, the newly empty lots serve as sites for large-scale art installations ideally suited for passing drivers. The project was so successful that Andree’s work remains on display until this day.
Now, the innovative nature of the project and the creative power of Andree’s work are recognized in a prospectus for the Technical University of Braunschweig’s new master’s program in sustainable design. One of Andree’s Feierabend illustrations is used alongside a course description for “Soziokultur”——a course for architects and civil engineers to engage with foundational concepts in sustainable design and construction.
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