Proposal for a Kunst am Bau competition
In collaboration with Ana Filipovic and Philipp Mecke
Apart from the Soviet War Memorial in Treptowerpark, there is no monument from the GDR era that stands out more than that of Ernst Thällman. Though it remains larger than life, when visiting the site today, it feels empty and deserted. The square has sense of being too wide to make one feel comfortable in, and through the years it has frequently been subject to vandalism and neglect.
The concept presented here is an attempt to break the monolithic presence of the sculpture in the square while still maintain the monument itself as the main point of reference. Borrowing its silhouette from the base/pedestal of the original sculpture, this proposal suggests adding another “duplicated” plinth to the square - but one that visitors can step on and climb onto. Using different functions and materials, the second plinth is a functional tower, allowing a higher perspective on the monument, suggesting closer to the eye-level contact as well as a generous observation point of the monument and its surroundings.