Pure Abstraction: A German factory complex produces many quirky, unexpected works of art — and it’s been closed for years.
The twists, turns, and torn edges of a German industrial park have me asking – “Why am I obsessed with pipes and vents?” Why am I drawn to decaying wood, broken glass, and rusted metal? The only answer that makes sense to me is — “because it’s art.” We can probably argue that one all day — but to me, if it has texture, if it has sensual lines, if its colors make you feel something, OR if it messes with your head — it meets the criteria.
The structures I encountered in Munich’s Kunstpark Ost, (also known as Kultfabrik) did all of those things. I tried to capture their essence with my Canon Digital SLR.
The complex is now home to dozens of trendy nightclubs, with intentional graffiti on the exterior walls (Pic #2). But the structures function basically the same as when they served as a dumpling manufacturing plant. The exposed brick, bulky flex ducts, and shiny air vents, all add to the artistic experience. I even love the shredded concert posters layered and peeled like a Rauschenberg assemblage (Pic #13).
Artist Beatrice Wood once said, “The only works of art America has given are her plumbing and her bridges.” Well, I’d just like to add a few pipes from my own collection, 6000 miles away.